Finding Felix Project

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The Finding Felix Project is a work for screen and publication from Katy Kavanaugh, a curator and filmmaker ( Funding from Stanford University, The Freie Universität- Berlin and DAAD 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,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Syd and Uwe are raising a bilingual family in Berlin. Both parents work in the film industry and relish the medium as means to extend language, culture, history and aesthetics. With German spoken predominantly in their lives, some of the favorites watched currently are English-speaking musicals like "West Side Story" (1961, dir. J. Robbins, R. Wise, USA), "Singing in the Rain" (1952, dir. S. Donen, G. Kelly, USA) and "Mama Mia" (2008, dir. P. Lloyd, U.K.). The comic gangster film "Bugsy Malone" (1976, A. Parker, USA) made a memorable impact, too, revealed in ten year-old Henry's keen recall of a specific detail....while four year-old Sam helped collect memories as camera assistant.

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