Truth comes from the mouths of babes — or rather kids, or young adults, or the future of humanity. Whatever you label them, these pint-sized pulse-takers of youth culture are back this summer with their own reviews of movies for young viewers screening every Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center.
The organizers of the Summer Film Series at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the Gazette to bring you reviews by Island kids, here for the summer or year-round, each Tuesday, before each Wednesday film presentation.
Today’s reviewer is Ella Anderson, followed by Under Our Skin.
Fantasia (U.S.A) 1940 animation, 125 minutes. Recommended for all ages.
Fantasia is a great movie for everyone. I’d call this movie a must-see. There are nine pieces of music in the movie. Each one tells a story through animation. For example, how the world started, the Nutcracker, and the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Another way that the movie is so magical is because things like mushrooms, flowers and seeds look like people. And to make it even better it’s in Technicolor so the bright colors really match the sudden movements.
In this movie the music goes along perfectly with the animation. When the music is soft, the movements are soft and when the music is exciting, the movements are exciting.
When I saw this movie, I was dazzled by all of the brilliant colors and sounds. Something that is advised by Deems Taylor (the narrator) in the movie is this: when you watch this movie take a deep breath, close your eyes for a second and let the music carry you off to a faraway place. When I tried it, the journey was great.
So, I’d give this movie two thumbs up.
Fanstasia screens tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Afterwards there will be Scottish Bakehouse meals made with local ingredients available and live music in a series curated by Colin Ruel.
At 8 p.m. the festival screens Under Our Skin, a 2008 documentary on Lyme disease. Director Andy Abrahams Wilson argues that Lyme is bigger than AIDS, West Nile virus and avian flu combined, yet most physicians don’t recognize it or are afraid to report it, insurance companies pay experts to say it’s all in your head, and the mainstream medical establishment won’t want you to see his film. One of the most misunderstood and controversial illnesses in the history of medicine, Lyme Disease is among the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. This documentary investigates the human, medical, and political dimensions of the emerging epidemic.
After the film, a panel of experts will take questions about Lyme disease and the film.
Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.