Now this is going to be fun! This year’s edition of the KidFest Film Series, a program of classic and unusual family films for kids of all ages scheduled to coincide with Enzian Theater’s Young Filmmakers’ Camp, is all set and we couldn’t be more excited. From Saturday, July 18, through Sunday, July 26, each of the four films in the series will get two screenings–one matinee during camp hours on Monday – Thursday, and one matinee on the two weekends that bookend the camp. No KidFest film screens on Sunday, July 19, due to the return of the Summer Opera Series (details tba), and Friday, July 24, since that’s the final day of camp where the kids can finish up working on their cinematic masterwork.
First up will be none other than a double feature of two Buster Keaton classics: ONE WEEK (1920) and SHERLOCK JR. (1924). These gems of silent comedy find Buster as a newlywed intent on getting his new home built from a pre-fab kit in time for a housewarming party, and as a projectionist and would-be detective who daydreams himself into the films he is showing and ingeniously merges into the action on the screen. Both films will be screened in 35mm, so you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to catch Keaton on film on the big screen.
Next will be Nicolas Roeg and Jim Henson’s award-winning (yet somehow underrated) live-action Roald Dahl adaptation, THE WITCHES, starring Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson, and an all-star British cast. A young boy and his grandma are vacationing in England and just happen to be staying in the same hotel as a convention of witches. When he gets wind of a plot to transform all of the children in Britain into mice, Luke must summon up all his courage to try and thwart their evil plans. More wonderful and creepy fun from the writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda .
Following that enchanting triumph will be AZUR AND ASMAR, the latest animated masterpiece from Michel Ocelot, director of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS, one of the most popular films to ever play at KidFest (back when it was the “Peanut Butter Matinee.”) In this visually stunning adventure tale, two foster brothers, one white and one Arabic, are separated in childhood and reunited years later as rivals on a dangerous quest through medieval lands to rescue the Fairy of the Djinns. Critics have unanimously raved about how spectacular this animated feature looks, and though the film has played on video in a couple of other in-state locations, Enzian will be the first in Florida to show a 35mm print.
And finally, what better way to wrap up the program than a special 25th anniversary screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM? Though RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK played on DVD as a Popcorn Flick a couple of summers ago, this will be the first time that any of the RAIDERS/INDIANA JONES films will have played on the big screen at Enzian in any capacity. How cool is that?
As always, more info is available at the Enzian website (www.enzian.org). So start making your plans now to join Harrison Ford, Buster Keaton, Anjelica Huston, and all of the other stars and budding filmmakers from camp that third, fun-filled week in July. I know I’ll be there.