“This is the first time the Utah Film Center has taken the Tumbleweeds experience on the road, and we’re excited that our partners SHIFT and Spy Hop can also join us,” Patrick Hubley, Utah Film Center’s artistic director, said in a news release. “We’ve been screening films on a monthly basis in Moab for nearly three years and have had a great response from the community. We hope film lovers of all ages will join us throughout the weekend.”
Committed to “presenting films with high production and storytelling values,” Tumbleweeds aims “to inspire creativity and introduce younger audiences to films from around the world,” according to the news release.
In addition to six film presentations, the two-day festival includes workshops for youth presented in partnership with Spy Hop and SHIFT. Middle and high school teachers are encouraged to attend a free two-day workshop offered by SHIFT, to learn the essentials of how to integrate digital media into the classroom, according to the news release.
One foreign film will be screened in its original language with English subtitles. For those interested, “subtitle readers” will be available via individual headsets to increase comprehension.
On opening night, Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m., the festival will present “Ernest & Celestine.” The Academy Award-nominated film is based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent. “Ernest & Celestine,” an animated film, tells the story of two unlikely friends. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. Celestine and Ernest the bear set out against the odds to prove their friendship is possible. This film, and most of Saturday’s showings, are recommended for children and adults of all ages.
Tickets to “Ernest and Celestine” must be purchased as part of either an individual or a family “all-access pass” that includes an opening night pre-reception at Eddie McStiff’s and the opening night film. Individual all-access passes are available for $10; family passes are $35. Tickets to the Saturday films may be purchased for $3 each at Star Hall.
On Saturday, May 10, the festival continues with a screening of a collection of short films at 9:30 a.m.
At 11 a.m., “A Cat in Paris” will be presented. The film tells the story of Dino the cat, who, by day is the loving companion of Zoe, a mute child whose mother Jeanne is a detective with the Parisian police force. By night, Dino serves as the nimble accomplice to Nico, a skilled burglar.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film, “A Cat In Paris” combines stunning hand-drawn and richly colored animation, a jazzy soundtrack, and action-packed adventure to create a wonderfully charming film, according to the news release.
At 1 p.m. on May 10, another collection of short films from around the world will be presented. And at 3 p.m., the festival will show “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” an action-packed escapade based on two of Spain’s most beloved characters. The film will be shows in Spanish with English subtitles.
The final film in the series, “I Learn America,” is recommended for audiences members age 12 and older.
“I Learn America,” will be presented at 5 p.m. on May 10, is a documentary that follows a year in the life of five immigrant teenagers at New York City’s International High School at Lafayette as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, while adjusting to a new life in America.
Tickets can be purchased for $3 on May 10 at Star Hall. A Tumbleweeds All-Access Pass can be purchased for $10. Passes provide single entry into the Opening Night pre-film reception, film screening, and entry to all Festival films on Saturday, May 10.
To purchase passes visit: http://www.utahfilmcenter.org/moab.
As part of the festival, two free workshops for kids will be offered at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 East 100 North. “Film MAGIC,” presented in partnership with Spy Hop, is designed to help kids learn to bring their ideas to life through film, music and animation. A workshop for children age 10 and older is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. until noon. A workshop for kids age 7 to 9 will be held May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. To register, visit www.utahfilmcenter.org/moab.
On Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., the festival will also offer a free workshop for teachers. In the “Adobe Youth Voices/SHIFT Workshop” participants will work in teams to produce a variety of short films, such as public service announcements, documentaries, instructional videos, and personal narratives. Participants will be trained on equipment they have access to in their schools, including Windows MovieMaker, iMovie, video and still cameras, and tripods, according to the news release. Although this workshop is free of charge, a $100 refundable deposit is required to secure registration. To register, visit www.utahfilmcenter.org/workshop14.
For more information about the film festival and the workshops, call 801-746-7000 or visit www.utahfilmcenter.org/moab.