2018 Family Programs

Family Day at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

Saturday, April 14

10:00am – 5:00pm

Free admission for AIFF members with badges!

Scienceworks LogoJoin us for a day of hands-on filmmaking activities and presentations geared towards families and kids six and older. The presenters are all accompanying films in this year’s Ashland Independent Film Festival.

10:15-11:00am Space Exploration and Imaging at NASA with NASA’s Ralph Grau
Ralph Grau will talk about the CineSpace film competition and how it fits into NASA’s space imaging programs and larger mission. See the 2018 CineSpace winners Saturday 4/14 at 3:40pm at Ashland Street Cinema

11:00am-12:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm Activities: Flipbooks and Zoetropes
Make a short animation the old-fashioned way. Use our stamps or draw your own frames and watch them come to life before your eyes.

1:00-1:45pm Stop-Motion Animation at LAIKA Studio with Mark Shapiro
Mark Shapiro, Brand Manager for LAIKA, will introduce younger audiences to the operations of the Portland-based animation studio, where Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings originated.

2:00-4:00pm Activities: Stop Motion Animation
Use clay to make your own sets, props, and characters, then learn how filmmakers create the illusion of movement and life by putting it all together into your own stop-motion animated film.

4:00-4:45 pm  Magic Lantern Demonstration with Michael Zahs
Michael Zahs is the charismatic film archivist and retired schoolteacher who is the subject of Saving Brinton, screening Saturday 4/14 at 9:30am at the Historic Ashland Armory. Zahs will demonstrate the Magic Lantern, an early precursor to the film projector, and show some of the original slides he uncovered in a farmhouse basement in rural Iowa.

Family Programs

CineSpace 17

Ashland Street Cinema Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 3:40 PM

Cinespace Film Still

CineSpace 17 is the third annual short film competition co-produced by NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society. Containing footage from NASA’s vast moving image archive, this year’s eclectic and international films span all genres and exemplify the power of space exploration to inspire the imagination.

Transmitter Receiver | Director: Vincent Wilson | Canada | 9 min

I’m Here Now Somehow | David Regos | Germany | 10 min

Miss Baker’s Ride | Patrick Morgan | France, United Kingdom | 6min

Nadir | Pedro de Filipis | Hungary | 9 min

Azipaco | Alex Moreno | Mexico | 8 min

To the Sky | Daniela Clementi | Chile | 10 min

Eight-Ball | Jonathan Grace | Australia | 3 min

Lunar | Christian Stangl | Austria | 7 min

The Space Between Us | Jesse Vogelaar | Australia | 8 min

The Great Portals of Cyberspace: Doomsday | Jacob Carlsson | France, Sweden | 4 min


Kid Flix

Collaborative Theatre Project Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM

Ashland Street Cinema Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 12:40 PM

The Pocket Man Film Still


A diverse community must put aside their differences to enjoy a tasty meal in Stone Soup, a hungry creature devises a way to get his fill in Tiger, and a young croc enjoys a tasty treat in Crocodile. Visually innovative animation and Audience Award winners from the New York International Children’s Film Festival are truly delicious for ages 3 and up.

Outdoor Cinema | Director: Tatiana Poliektova | Australia, Russia | 3 min
The best cinema of all reflects what is right in front of us, in this homage to all things that capture our eye.

The Birdie | Director: Yekaterina Filippova | Russia | 3 min
Once a birdie met a hippo. Teaming up makes everything easier.

A Hole | Director: Maribel Suarez | Mexico | 5 min
A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root.

Tiger | Director: Kariem Saleh | Germany | 4 min
A little tiger, happy but hungry, devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.

Crocodile | Director: Julia Ocker | Germany | 4 min
A relaxing evening on the couch turns into a noshing nuisance for one peckish croc.

Konigiri Kun: Shopping | Director: Mari Miyazawa | Japan | 5 min
Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a penchant for shopping, goes out to market and is tempted all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.

Spring Jam | Director: Ned Wenlock | New Zealand | 6 min
Lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department: the antlers. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?

Water Path for a Fish | Director: Mercedes Marro | Colombia, France, Spain | 8 min
Oscar rescues a goldfish from the clutches of hungry cats, but with the drought, has trouble caring for it. When the faucets turn on, the challenge truly begins.

Spider Web | Director: Natalia Chernysheva | Russia | 4 min
Anyone can get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength in one spider’s dilemma.

You Look Scary | Director: Xiya Lan | USA | 4 min
Sometimes we amplify our fears. Usually, they’re not so bad at all.

Stone Soup | Director: Clementine Robach | Belgium, France | 7 min
Times are tough in one little town: first no food, now no electricity. Eventually, the transformative power of community nourishes all in more ways than one.

Mr. Night Has a Day Off | Director: Ignas Meilunas | Lithuania | 2 min
Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.

The Pocket Man | Director: Ana Chubinidze | France, Georgia, Switzerland | 7 min
Good things come in all sizes and packages. Especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.

The Pits | Director: Mike Hayhurst | USA | 3 min
We know it’s not always easy being green–but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.