Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival
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Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Short Films for All Ages: New Adventures and New Friends, 11 am and 1 pm

Walker Cinema
Enjoy films about hopes, dreams and coming together. The characters of this series of films discover new friendships and explore the world around them. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each screening; seating is limited. Total run time: 77 minutes.

  • Jonas and the Sea
    A man casts aside everything in pursuit of his dream, finding a place to call home. Directed by Marlies van der Wel, 2015, The Netherlands, 12 minutes.

  • Junction
    The youngest of the family embarks on a journey to the top of a mountain to await a transformation. Directed by Nathan Jurevicius, 2016, Australia/Canada/Lithuania, 8 minutes.

  • The Lighthouse
    A lighthouse keeper’s surprising discovery pulls him out of his daily routine and takes him into uncharted territory. Directed by Simon Scheiber, 2015, The Netherlands, 12 minutes.

  • Minoule
    A cat spends the day attempting to catch a small canary, but the way to catch the prey is full of pitfalls. Directed by Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, 2014, France, 4 minutes.

  • La Cage
    A big, kind bear is alone and friendless in a zoo. After a bird family moves in next door, they go to great lengths to improve their new friend’s life. Directed by Loïc Bruyère, 2016, France, 6 minutes.

  • My 2014 Neighbor
    Two girls become friends when they begin playing with each other across their apartment windows. Directed by Anya Zulueta, 2015, Philippines, 6 minutes.

  • Some Thing
    All mountains hold a treasure within! One mountain discovers his unique treasure is just as valuable. Directed by Elena Wolf, 2015, Germany, 7 minutes.

  • The Teeny-weeny Fox
    In the middle of a luxuriant garden, a tiny fox meets a daring little girl who grows giant plants. Directed by Quertain Aline and Szkiladz Sylwia, 2015, Belgium/France/Switzerland, 9 minutes.

  • Way of Giants
    In a forest of gigantic trees, an indigenous girl will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life. Directed by Alois Di Leo, 2016, Brazil, 12 minutes.

Short Films for ages 12 +: Lean on Me, 3 pm

Walker Cinema
Watch films about families, acceptance, fitting in, and standing out. The characters in this collection of films look deep inside themselves to find out what they are really made of. Doors open at 2:30 pm; seating is limited. Total run time: 73 minutes. Note: Some scenes may be frightening/intense for young viewers.

  • The Best Sound in the World
    Day after day, a young boy sets out to meticulously document every single sound that he encounters. Directed by Pedro Paulo de Andrade, 2015, Brazil, 13 minutes (subtitled).

  • Diembe
    A basketball-mad Kenyan boy moves to the North of England, only to be met with ignorance, racism and bad weather. Directed by Anderson West, 2015, UK, 26 minutes.

  • My Big Brother
    The reflections of a boy who shares a room and a childhood with his gigantic brother. Directed by Jason Rayner, 2014, US, 4 minutes.

  • Riceballs
    A cultural clash of cuisines leaves a father searching for a way to reconnect with his son, a fun lunchbox surprise just might be the answer. Directed by Shingo Usami, 2015, Australia, 11 minutes.

  • The Swing
    After a serious accident, the bonds of brotherhood are tested as two brothers share an experience that changes them forever. Directed by Damien Dunne, 2015, Ireland, 12 minutes.

  • Welcome to My Life
    This mockumentary-style animated story follows a family of monsters trying to lead a normal American life. Directed by Elizabeth Ito, 2015, France/USA, 9 minutes.

Film: March Family Playlist, 10 am-6 pm

Bentson Mediatheque
Enjoy a series of Native/Indigenous films curated by local filmmaker Missy Whiteman for families.

Activity: Animation Station, 10 am-3 pm

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Join local animator John Akre at his stop-motion animation studio in the Art Lab. Learn about ways that films tell a story as you collaborate with others to create a short animated film.

Art-Making: Spin ‘n’ See, 10 am–3 pm

Cargill Lounge
Design your own thaumatrope, a handheld kinetic toy that fools the eye. This simple but marvelous device creates the illusion of two images becoming one by twirling a disk between your fingers.

Gallery Experience: Pop-up Performances, 12:45 and 2:45 pm

Galleries 1-7
Explore the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time with performances in the gallery by local youth dance company Young Dance.