The 13th Annual Zoom: Family Film Festival kicks off November 25

Wed, Nov 02, 2016

Mo's Bows

Columbus, Ohio—From classic comedies and a Disney favorite to premiere presentations of international features and shorts, this year’s Zoom: Family Film Festival covers all ages and tastes. Kicking off at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, November 25, with a finale on Thursday, December 8, the 13th edition of Columbus’ only annual celebration of international family entertainment also offers fun, free activities for adults and children to enjoy together.

Included in the 2016 Zoom lineup are films from Palestine, France, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Russia, Japan and other countries. Among the selections are the first five feature films from comedy legends the Marx Brothers, all presented in 4K digital; The Idol, the new film based on an inspiring true story by Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, Paradise Now) that is Palestine’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Academy Award; Seasons, the latest documentary from the creators of the international hit Winged Migration; multi-award-winning Belgian film Birds of Passage; and the 1975 Disney live-action sci-fi feature Escape to Witch Mountain—with free admission for Wexner Center members as part of Member Appreciation Days. Three shorts programs round out the onscreen entertainment, including a free live action program from the 2016 Children’s Film Festival Seattle on Saturday, December 3.

The full schedule of free activities on December 3 also features the annual Cereal and Pajama Party, an Ice Cream Social with free ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, hands-on crafts and activities including jewelry making with Columbus artist Corby Beller, and short, family-friendly gallery tours of the Wexner Center’s current exhibition, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.

Jean Pitman, Zoom co-organizer and Wexner Center educator for youth programs, says, “Zoom is an annual local family art event that I cherish; I love to see families coming together to watch thought-provoking films they could not watch together anywhere else! I love overhearing the conversations sprouting as folks are walking out of the theater. Add free Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the Heirloom Café Saturday morning cereal bar, and it’s the perfect winter holiday event.” 

“We’re proud to be back for a 13th year with such a strong program,” says Chris Stults, associate curator of Film/Video and Zoom co-organizer. “Introducing a new generation to the insane genius of the Marx Brothers is a real thrill, but we also love the opportunity to open windows to different cultures and perspectives. When children watch movies made for them from around the globe, they recognize the shared experiences that connect us all.”

Reduced admission will be offered for Zoom screenings, with single tickets priced at just $4, or $3 for Wexner Center members (except where otherwise noted). A bulk purchase of six screening tickets is further discounted to $20 for the public and $15 for members. Tickets are available at or by calling (614) 292-3535. A ticket to any Zoom screening can also be used for free, same-day admission to the center’s galleries. Exhibition entry is always free for students with ID and those under age 18.

Parents who have questions about the films and their content can contact Jean Pitman at (614) 292-4614 or Teachers interested in bringing a class to a Zoom film can call (614) 292-6493 or email Complete film descriptions are available at


The full Zoom schedule is below. Go to for descriptions and complete shorts program listings.


All screenings take place in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater


Zoom kickoff! Marx Brothers x 5

Horse Feathers

(Norman Z. McLeod, 1932) | 1 PM

Monkey Business

(Norman Z. McLeod, 1931) | 2:20 PM

Ages 8 and up



The Idol

(Hany Abu-Assad, 2015, Palestine) | 7 PM

Ages 9 and up




(Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, 2016, France) | 7 PM

Ages 5 and up



Kid Flix Mix

10 AM

Ages 4 and up                                                                                                            `

Escape to Witch Mountain

(John Hough, 1975, United States) | 2 PM

Ages 7 and up

Free for Wexner Center members

See the World, Feed Your Mind: Live Action Shorts

4 PM

Ages 6 and up

Free for all audiences

Marx Brothers x 5: Duck Soup

(Leo McCarey, 1933) | 7 PM

Ages 8 and up



See the World, Feed Your Mind: Animated Shorts

1 PM

Ages 4 and up

Birds of Passage

(Olivier Ringer, 2015, Belgium) | 3 PM

Ages 8 and up


(Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, 2016, France) | NOON

Encore screening; Ages 5 and up



Marx Brothers x 5

Animal Crackers
(Victor Heerman, 1930) | 7 PM
The Cocoanuts

(Robert Florey and Joseph Santley, 1929) | 8:45 PM

Ages 8 and up



All families are welcome to check out these events during the festival, free of charge.

Cereal and Pajama Party

Wexner Center Café | 9–10 AM

All ages

Hands-on Crafts and Activities

Mershon Auditorium lobby | 11 AM–4 PM

All ages

Family Gallery Tours of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957

Meet at the gallery entrance | 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM

All ages

Ice Cream Social with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Mershon Auditorium lobby | 2:30–4 PM

All ages

(Image from "Mo's Bows", from "See the World, Feed Your Mind: Live Action Shorts", courtesy of Northwest Film Forum)

Zoom 2016 is presented with support from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Heirloom Café, and the Art4Moore Fund.

The Film/Video program receives seasonal support from the Rohauer Collection Foundation.

Support for Youth and Family Programs is provided by Ameriprise Financial and The Chaddock Group.

Support for Free and Low-Cost Programs is provided by Huntington Bank and Cardinal Health Foundation.

The Wexner Center receives general operating support from the Greater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Columbus FoundationNationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council