Finding Felix Project

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Berlin, Germany
The Finding Felix Project is a work for screen and publication from Katy Kavanaugh, a curator and filmmaker (katykavanaugh.weebly.com). A fellowship from Stanford University and The Freie Universität- Berlin allowed her to return to the Berlin Film Festival's 35 year-old Generation (formerly Kinderfilmfest) to collect evidence of the directive impact that international films seen in childhood can have toward shaping the breadth of a person's view of the world and the decisions they make. This investigation focuses on one eleven year-old film festival-goer whom Kavanaugh met while serving on the Kinderfilmfest's international jury in 2001. Ten years later, Kavanaugh wants to know how a childhood full of international films influenced Felix's life so far. Meanwhile, with help from Media Consultant Tina Toepfel and Gintare Malinauskaite, PhD History at Humboldt Universität, Felix has been found and is now in post-production. To help meet its completion goal, please consider contributing via our fiscal sponsor, Cinefemme.net.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nina professes her dream. A directive memory is fostered.

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This is Nina, one of the fourth graders at John F. Kennedy School in Berlin.  We interviewed the class two weeks after they watched the 2011 Berlinale film THE STRONGEST MAN IN
HOLLAND.  Nina's detailed response not only revealed a vivid memory of the film but her own unique way of thinking about it.  I asked the children next what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Nina's response is an apt one. I'm glad she and more got a chance to hear her state it.  Nina later found Gintare Malinauskaita and I debriefing at a sidewalk cafe near the school (she had been on the bus and jumped off when she saw us).  She was excited and smiling ear to ear.  She had to tell us how much she enjoyed our interview and she wanted to tell us how much she loves writing.  The moment you see here in this clip may have been the first time Nina heard herself profess her dream.  I hope that Nina continues to watch challenging films that further foster her dream. 

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