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Zoom: Family Film and Book Festival

Collage of eight colorful film stills from the Kids Flix Mix program

Our all-ages weekend of free films and activities now includes a celebration of reading—featuring a kid-friendly artist talk with children’s book illustrator Keturah A. Bobo.

Along with the new focus on children’s books, this year’s festival includes such Zoom favorites as a hands-on art-making studio, ice cream social, international films focusing on kids’ perspectives, and comedic classics. Join us for a weekend chock-full of fun for the whole family. Check out a full program schedule below.

Parents, if you have any questions about Zoom activities and films or their content, please email Wexner Center Community, Youth, and Family Programs Manager Jean Pitman at jpitman@wexarts.org.

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Clockwise from top left: Cupids; Battery Daddy; Mama Has a Mustache; META; The Cat in the Art Park; Step By Step; Star Bound; Poum Poum!, images courtesy of the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Program schedule

Modern Times
(Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
Fri, Dec 9 | 7 PM
Film/Video Theater
Modern Times is the ultimate showcase for Charlie Chaplin’s character Little Tramp—among the most famous figures in movie history, and one beloved by all ages. For his last onscreen appearance, the Tramp takes on a brief stint at a factory job, just the occasion for some of Chaplin’s most inspired comedic scenarios including a feeding machine designed to make efficient use of his lunch hour. Mixing techniques from silent and sound movies, this classic humorously examines the challenges of "the little man" in the machine age while also marking the first time Chaplin’s voice was heard on film—singing a delightfully nonsensical tune. Recommended for ages 6 and up. (87 mins., 35mm)

Coloring and ’Zine Studio
Sat, Dec 10 | 10 AM
Heirloom Café
This coloring and ’zine-making session includes free fruit and granola bars. A limited number of Wex ’zine kits will be available to take home.

Kids Flix Mix
Sat, Dec 10 | 11 AM
Film/Video Theater
Join us for a short series of stretches and yoga with our YogArts partners from Replenish followed by a screening of short films from the 2022 New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) Kids Flicks program. View the lineup on the NYICFF website.

Conversation with Artist Keturah A. Bobo and Family
Sat, Dec 10 | 1 PM
Film/Video Theater
In this informal chat, Columbus’s own Keturah A. Bobo—cocreator of the New York Times bestseller I am Enough—shares how she created the Keturah Ariel brand with deep community and family-based entrepreneurial roots in mind. Her books will also be available for sale in the Wexner Center Store

Ice Cream Social
Sat, Dec 10 | 2 PM
Heirloom Café
Stop by the café for free treats from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams!

Heirloom Café

The café will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 10, offering baked goods, a limited menu, and coffee or tea.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Our partner Columbus Metropolitan Library will be offering library card sign-ups from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, December 10, in the Lower Lobby.

More about the speaker

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Known for her vibrant illustrations that are both striking and relatable, Keturah A. Bobo is passionate about creating art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for her community. Bobo graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family of entrepreneurs. Learn more on the artist’s website.

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Cardinal Health

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation

LEARNING & PUBLIC PRACTICE PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
American Electric Power Foundation
Huntington
Big Lots Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement
Ohio Arts Council
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
State Farm

SUPPORT FOR LEARNING & PUBLIC PRACTICE RESIDENCIES PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
CampusParc
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Larry and Donna James
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate

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