Submitted by: Pickford Film Center

Pickford Film Center is excited for the fun to continue with Kid Pickford, a monthly family-friendly film series for kids at the Pickford for $1. Formally named Pickford Family Matinees, this series shows a classic family film each month on Saturdays at 1 pm. From an epic children’s quest spanning 50 years, rousing debates for the history books, some mysterious mythical cursed rabbits, gifted aspiring ballet stars, a quest to secure a stolen book, and a special winter in Moomin Valley, this year’s Kid Pickford slate is full of excitement and a joy to watch! 

We are so excited for this year’s slate and to make film accessible to everyone of all ages. Thanks to our sponsor Bank of the Pacific, each film is only $1. Kid Pickford is an evolution of the old Family Matinee series, and now we have a new reptilian mascot for the event. The first two films, Wonderstruck and The Great Debaters have passed, but there are four amazing films still to come in 2019.

  • Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) — Saturday, September 14 at 1 pm
  • First Position (2011) — Saturday, October 12 at 1 pm
  • Paddington 2 (2017) — Saturday, November 9 at 1 pm
  • Moomins and the Winter Wonderland (2017) — Saturday, December 14 at 1 pm.

No matter if you’re 30 and want to see a classic favorite childhood film, have kids, want to host a birthday party, or simply want a relaxed and enjoyable Saturday afternoon, Kid Pickford is always a lot of fun. Bring your kids, bring friends or a date, and catch a classic Saturday afternoon movie.

Next up is Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) which is  stop motion animated film following eccentric inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his faithful if often perplexed dog Gromit are back in their first feature-length adventure from animator Nick Park. Wallace and Gromit have launched a new business venture just in time for a major gardening competition in their neighborhood of West Wallaby. “Anti-Pesto” is a humane pest-relocation service in which Wallace and Gromit capture rabbits and other critters who have been eating the produce from local gardens and give them new homes somewhere else. Business has been going well, and when the woman hosting the garden show, Lady Tottington (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), discovers a massive tribe of rabbits has been making a mess of her garden, she calls in Wallace and Gromit to move the bunnies elsewhere… with disastrous results.

From a spooky haunted garden we head to graceful and inspiring dancers in First Position (2011). Also featured in our yearly Doctober event, a month-long celebration of documentary film, Fist Position follows thousands of aspiring dancers as they enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, First Position, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Position paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

Next we head to a beloved book character Paddington in Paddington 2 (2017). Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.

Closing our Kid Pickford 2019 slate is Moomins and the Winter Wonderland (2017).  The winter seems extraordinary in Moomin Valley, so Moomintroll decides to stay awake instead of having his typical winter slumber. Moomintroll discovers that strange creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts in the midwinter darkness, and all of the new hints imply that an eccentric guest is soon to arrive. This new guest is called Christmas, and an astounded Moomintroll learns to experience the true meaning of this wonderful holiday.

The Pickford is committed to bringing cinema to a wide audience. The Kid Pickford series is one of the ways the Pickford makes film accessible to our community. Keep updated on the Pickford’s events on our website or sign up for our email newsletter at www.pickfordfilmcenter.org

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