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Press Release Fun: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Returns to New York City!

And I am SO going to be there.  This is a crazy good line-up.

Thalia Kids’ Book Club Presents
The 2012 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm at Symphony Space
All Tickets: $15 ($12 for members)

This special event  marks the debut screening of the top videos submitted by kids to the second annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Between the films, an all-star line-up of children’s authors Jon ScieszkaKate DiCamilloRita Williams-GarciaMargi PreusBrian FlocaDan Yaccarino and James Kennedy will keep the crowd entertained with wacky book related games, silly antics and surprises.

This national contest celebrates the biggest award in children’s literature by asking students across the country to make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. This year’s winners include an eclectic group of submissions from kids around the county who created an array of inventive films, including a stop-motion claymation Mr. Popper’s Penguin, a robot version of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby Age 8, a late-night talk show inspired by Because of Winn-Dixie, starring a 4th grade class, and many more.

Appearances by Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery award-winner The Tale of DespereauxRita Williams-Garcia, author of the Newbery honor book One Crazy SummerMargi Preus author of the Newbery honor book Heart of a SamuraiBrian Floca (Lightship) and Dan Yaccarino (Oswald). Hosted by the festival’s co-creator James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-fish) and the hilarious Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man).

The event is co-presented with the Bank Street Bookstore.

For details on the contest and to get a sneak preview of some of this year’s finalists, visit .

Symphony Space is located at
2537 Broadway (at 95th), New  York, NY 10025

Box office: 212-864-5400

Artwork and more information are available upon request.

PRESS CONTACT: Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR (503)

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I promise you, we’re bringing our A-game to this one! Surprises and hijinks for all! Scieszka and DiCamillo will arm-wrestle! Rita Williams-Garcia will do “capoiera”! Margi Preus will bring her horse and do dressage! Yaccarino and Floca will do a 75-Second Caldecott! Don’t miss it!

  2. You make us envious of being in New York!