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, Hilary Joie Lowitz reviews the two films that screen at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, at the Chilmark Community Center. Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.
Kick Like a Girl
Kick like a girl is a short film about third graders on an all girls soccer team called The Mighty Cheetahs. They are all great sports. The narrator of this film is little eight-year-old Lizzie, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she was four. Lizzie doesn’t let that, or any grass stains or elbow blocks, stop her from playing the game she loves. Soon The Mighty Cheetahs’s record was going up higher than any team in their division, and they were creaming every team they played. So, The Mighty Cheetahs’s coach just decided to enter them in the boys’ division. Some of the boys’ coaches and parents screamed, “They’re just girls! You could beat them!” But The Mighty Cheetahs had no interest! The yelling just made them want to play even harder! The girls won lots, and sometimes lost, but whatever! The Mighty Cheetahs were as MIGHTY as can be!
Kids + Money
Kids and Money is about some spoiled brats with 40 pairs of jeans, and some not-so-rich kids who are desperate for lives, and real clothes. One boy is very rich, but cool about it. Like he pays the bills and buys food, and then with the extra money after that, he goes out and buys clothes. So basically, he puts his needs first. One girl, on the other hand, is very rich and spoiled. She uses up all of her mom’s money to have a spa treatment party for her 12th birthday, and after she got facials, mani-pedis and more, she wasn’t happy with her skin, her hair, her nose, her WHOLE body! Then there are some kids who actually need the money so they can live their lives without debt or starvation, but still want to buy Gucci and Dior, just to make it look like they’re rich. Bad, bad kids. After watching this film, I thought, You don’t judge people by their clothes, or their skin, or even their background, but by what’s inside of them. That’s how you want to make friends.
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 The One Percent, a documentary about America’s growing wealth gap, also at the Chilmark Community Center. Director Jamie Johnson will be there to discuss the film and take questions after the film.
Admission is $10, or $7 for center members; $5 for festival members.