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Kids Film Series at Little Art Theatre

The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs is introducing a new free film series for the kids.

“Saturday’s Picture Show” is aimed at children ages 3-12, and will be held twice a month at the Yellow Springs movie theater.

Admission is free, though a $4 donation is suggested.

The new series premieres on Saturday, Feb. 28, with a Red Carpet opening at 1 p.m. The kids are encouraged to put on their movie star finery and walk down a real Red Carpet, complete with paparazzi.

The initial offering opens with a short film titled, “March On!” which honors the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The feature film is an animated movie from the Jim Henson Company, “Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & the 3 Bears Show.”

Younger children, ages 3-7, should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. “All of the films we will show have been endorsed by the Coalition for Quality Media for Children as part of their KIDS FIRST! Film Festival,” says Laura Carlson, Little Art Theatre Association programming committee chair.

She says the organization states that all of its films must meet baseline acceptance criteria of “no gratuitous violence, no racial or cultural bias, no inappropriate sexual content, no replicable unsafe behavior, and no condescension towards children.”

Most importantly, she adds, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival selects films that are “new, innovative, and inspiring.”

On March 14, the double-bill features a short animated music video, “Billy the Squid,” and a live-action feature film, “Beethoven’s Big Break.”

Future dates are March 28 and April 11, show time is 1:30 p.m.

The Little Art is located at 247 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. Directions and more information are available at www.littleart.com