That doesn’t mean computer-animated adventures can’t be part of the program. Opening Night Gala film A Monster in Paris—from director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale)—is a kid-friendly spin on The Phantom of the Opera set in 1910 Paris. But animation can also come from all over the world, like the Estonian adventure Lotte & the Moonstone Secret.
The live-action stories also tell tales of young protagonists from a variety of different cultural backgrounds. The 10-year-old hero of Eliot & Me is a girl from Dublin who takes in a shelter dog to help cope with her parents’ separation; the titular protagonist of Will is an 11-year-old Liverpool soccer enthusiast dealing with the unexpected return of his long-absent dad. You can even find terrific documentaries with a youth focus, like Brooklyn Castle’s (pictured) compelling story of a New York City school with a nationally renowned chess program.
For kids who want to explore filmmaking in even more depth, Spy Hop workshops give kids a chance to work on 3-D game design or sound effects. Or, drop in for Craft Lake City/Spy Hop’s animation workshop. Developing a love of movies doesn’t have to wait until they’re old enough for Sundance. (Scott Renshaw)
Date: Mar 15, 2013
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center