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Zoom: Family Film Festival returns for its 12th year

Zoom: Family Film Festival returns for its 12th year

Movies from around the world, Adventures in Cardboard, pajama party, and more highlight annual favorite

Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Zoom: Family Film Festival, Columbus’s only annual celebration of family entertainment from around the world, returns for its 12th year with a fresh and engaging lineup of films at affordable prices—and free, all-ages activities—December 3–6, 2015 (plus a bonus Zoom kick-off with a special 3D screening of the classic chiller Creature from the Black Lagoon, the day after Thanksgiving).

This year’s films come from Japan, Sweden, Germany, France, Lebanon, Qatar, Norway, and the United States, and showcase a variety of styles and genre—from documentary to animation to Hollywood classics, including a series of classic Buster Keaton shorts with live musical accompaniment and the Columbus debut of artist Takashi Murakami’s first feature film Jellyfish Eyes. New this year is artist Julian McFaul’s interactive Adventures in Cardboard. Filmgoers can build a fort in our Zoom Family Studio and grab a seat inside for a movie after it becomes part of an epic cardboard screening environment. In addition to the screenings and fort-building, on Saturday, kids and families can visit the café for a free Saturday Morning Cereal and Pajama Party hosted by Heirloom Café, and a free Ice Cream Social featuring Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in the afternoon. There will also be hands-on activities for families all weekend long.

Jean Pitman, Zoom co-organizer and Wexner Center educator for youth programs, says, “Zoom is a one-of-a-kind experience for families, film fans, and youth seeking out vibrant and challenging—and just plain entertaining—films. With this year’s new interactive Adventures in Cardboard, Zoom-goers will have a fresh and new activity that will only make the weekend more memorable.”

Zoom co-organizer Chris Stults, associate curator of film/video, notes, “For 12 years, Zoom has been the leader in bringing families and filmgoers unique films and experiences that offer an enriching and entertaining alternative to the multiplex.”

A ticket to any Zoom screening also gets free same-day admission to the exhibition After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists. 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 jpitman@wexarts.org.

The full schedule follows.

ZOOM: FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL

Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D (Jack Arnold, 1954)
Fri, Nov 27 | 1 pm (Zoom warm-up)
 

Jellyfish Eyes (Takashi Muramakami, 2015, Japan)
Thu, Dec 3 | 7 pm
Ages 8 and up
 

My Skinny Sister (Sanna Lenken, 2015, Sweden)
Fri, Dec 4 | 7 pm
Ages 11 and up
 

Kid Flix Mix
Sat, Dec 5 | 10 am
Ages 4 and up
 

Golden Kingdom (Brian Perkins, 2014, Germany/USA)
Sat, Dec 5 | Noon
Ages 8 and up

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various directors, 2014, Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA)
Sat, Dec 5 | 2 pm
Ages 9 and up
 

Ballet Boys (Kenneth Elvebakk, 2013, Norway)
Sat, Dec 5 | 4 pm
Free for Wexner Center members
Ages 9 and up

 

ADVENTURES IN CARDBOARD SCREENINGS
Zoom guests are invited to experience the festival’s final three screenings in a handmade, cardboard cinema installation created by artist Julian McFaul and his Adventures in Cardboard team, along with help from kids and families participating in our free Zoom Family Studio activity. Grab a chair, find a spot on the floor (bring a blanket), or sit in a cardboard fort to watch the movies on a big screen in our Performance Space. Space is limited and seating is first-come, first-served for these screenings. After Zoom is over, the set will be adapted and reinstalled at Capitol Theatre for a spring performance featuring 850 dancers from Momentum, a Columbus-based, in-school youth dance program.
 

Buster Keaton Comedy Classics
Sat, Dec 5 | 7 pm
With live music by Sue Harshe
Ages 7 and up

Maya the Bee Movie (Alexs Stadermann, 2014, Australia/Germany/Belgium)
Sun, Dec 6 | 1 pm
Free for all audiences
 

Party Mix
Sun, Dec 6 | 3 pm
Ages 9 and up


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


Cereal and Pajama Party
Sat, Dec 5 | 9–10 am
Café  


Zoom Family Studio
Featuring Julian McFaul’s Adventures in Cardboard
Sat, Dec 5 | 11 am–4 pm
Ages 7 and up (parent/guardian supervision required)
 

Hands-on Crafts and Activities for Everyone
Sat, Dec 5 | 11 am–4 pm
Mershon Auditorium Lobby


Ice Cream Social
Sat, Dec 5 | 2:30–4 pm in Mershon Auditorium Lobby 

Low-resolution press image selection

These images are provided exclusively to the press and may only be used for promotional purposes directly related to the corresponding Wexner Center for the Arts event. For hi-res images or more information, please contact Jennifer Wray at (614) 247-6241 or Erik Pepple at (614) 292-9840

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Jellyfish Eyes
Jellyfish Eyes
Image courtesy of Janus Films
2.
Maya the Bee Movie
Maya the Bee Movie
Image courtesy of Shout! Factory
3.
The Goat
The Goat
4.
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Image courtesy of GKids
5.
Pik Pik Pik (Dmitry Vysotskiy, 2014)
Pik Pik Pik (Dmitry Vysotskiy, 2014)
Image courtesy of GKids
6.
My Skinny Sister
My Skinny Sister
Image courtesy of Eye On Films
7.
Golden Kingdom
Golden Kingdom
Image courtesy of Eye on Films
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Julian McFaul, Adventures in Cardboard
Julian McFaul, Adventures in Cardboard
9.
Ballet Boys
Ballet Boys
Image courtesy of Wide House
10.
A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke, 2014)
A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke, 2014)
Image courtesy of GKids
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