Sundance Film Festival introduces children to world of independent and foreign cinema

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    This is a great development. Kids need exposure to fine, thoughtful film. They can't live on Disney and Pixar alone.

    Sundance has always programmed some films suitable for children and young adults (The Brave Little Toaster, Hoop Dreams, March of the Penguins, Napoleon Dynamite, Hoosiers, etc.), but it's nice they are programming specifically for children. Showing films in the context of the festival, with its crowds and hoopla and the opportunity for post-screening Q&A will make the films much more memorable than if the kids streamed them on TV at home. That said, the unnecessarily vague and obtuse descriptions in the festival program guide don't give much to go on in picking family friendly fare. This special programming will make it easier for parents.