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It's time...

They grow up so fast, we know, but it's time to talk to your kids... about the Crossroads Film Festival!

On Saturday, April 2, we have a full day of workshops, Animaze Me, geared towards kids of all ages at the Mississippi Museum of Art. (And it's held in conjunction with the museum's Orient Expressed exhibit, so go ahead and let the kids check that out too while you're there!) If the kids want to get a headstart working on their animation project, they can see samples and get started here. And, becase "We ARE your weekend" for the kids too, we also have a day full of kids' movies planned for Sunday, April 3 (including a Films 4 Kids block and Howl's Moving Castle)!
The Saturday worskhops schedule includes:

9 AM: The Power & Practical Use of Chibi

Artist/jewelry-maker/filmmaker/writer Sam Lovelace will discuss the different styles of art in anime and comics (the difference between manga and anime, etc.), then discuss the specific

element of "Chibi" ("cute" art - of which Hayao Miyazaki is a master), the difference between Chibi and classic manga, and how it is used as a very powerful tool in art and film. The session will

finish with a how-to-draw-chibi art lesson.


9:15 AM: The History of Anim�

Jay Long, owner of Heroes And Dreams comic book shop will combine lecture, discussion, and

media clips to help participants understand the long and exciting history of one of the fastest growing film genres of our time.


12 PM: The Media Diary Dynamic

Sam Lovelace will talk about the relatively new phenomenon of the public diary and bio due to publishing, its history in media - film, TV, animation, internet, print, and even music. Followed by Q&A and a lesson on how to make this into a way of life in more ways than one, via publishing, blog ads, branching out with your art and icons, etc.

1:15 PM: When Pictures Move: How to Bring Art to Life Through Animation

Participants will be guided through the process of animation by adding color to frames provided by

Dick Ford, learning how to capture these images, and how to use free computer programs to animate them. Throughout the animation lesson, Ben Prisk, a current animator for Adult Swim's

Squidbillies who also does work for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, will be discussing and answering

questions about his career as an animator.

1:30 PM: Gears & Grommets: A Lesson in Basic Steampunkery

Sam Lovelace will discuss what is and isn't steampunk and then teach you how to convert

old random jewelry, accessories and other upcyclables into steampunk 

The Sunday film line-up at Malco Grandview Cinema in Madison includes:
12:45 PM: Films 4 Kids Block
A block of short films directed by Really Awesome Students from the Canton Young Filmmakers 2010 Summer Workshop and produced by the Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau. Students write the scripts, film all of the scenes, and edit the projects within 4 days. This block is also part of our Bring a Friend offering this year. Buy one ticket, get one for your friend free!
3:05 PM: Howl's Moving Castle
Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away,

Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke). The lovely young Sophie takes a magical journey as

she is transformed into an old woman. Starring the voices of Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Billy

Crystal, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, and Lauren Bacall. 2006 Nominee for Academy Award

for Best Animated Feature.

After a full day of workshops and movies, be sure to bring the kids by Sal & Mookie's for pizza and ice cream (and show your festival pass for an 11% discount).


Films and workshops are $8 per block, and the $55 All-Access Pass reserves your seat at every event. Seniors, Students and Crossroads members get discounted prices at $6 per block or $45 per All-Access Pass. This year we also offer a One-Day Pass for $20 for Saturday or Sunday (receptions and parties not included).  A Student Day Pass is only $10 (with ID) for all matinee films and workshops before evening films. Pay at the door for individual parties. Afternoon receptions are open to passholders only.


Tickets can be purchased online or on site. Buy all-access, day and student passes online here. For more information, call 601.345.5674 or visit us on Facebook at