10 Good Reasons to See ERNEST & CELESTINE at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival (and it’s FREE!)

ernest_thumb1Yes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Ernest & Celestine on Saturday, March 7th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Theater.

1. Delight in the unlikely pairing of a bear and a mouse and what their friendship can teach us all.

2.  See an Oscar-nominated film. Ernest & Celestine was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the 2014 Academy Awards.

3. Hear the legendary screen actress Lauren Bacall in her final film. Bacall lends her distinctive husky voice to the character of The Grey One.

4. Watch the film and then go read the books. The film is based on books of the same name by the Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent.

5.  Fall in love with the U.S. version and then go watch the original. Ernest & Celestine was first released in France in 2012.

6. See an animated film that is a trailblazer. Along with its twelve other awards and eleven nominations, Ernest and Celestine became the first animated film to win the 2013 Magritte Award for Best Film.

7. Experience a film that fills you with warmth. Film critic Glenn Kenny of MSN calls Ernest and Celestine  “the coziest movie you’ll likely see all year. Every frame is suffused with a fireplace kind of warmth that, for me at least, cast an immediate spell that didn’t let up.”

8. Hear a film that is filled with an all-star cast. Along with Bacall, other talented actors and actresses to lend their voices to the U.S. version include Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Megan Mulally, Nick Offerman, William H. Macy, Paul Giamatti, and Jeffrey Wright.

9. See for yourself why Ernest & Celestine has received such wide acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes, the film review aggregator, reported that 98% of critics gave the film a “fresh” rating, and called it a film that is “[s]weet and visually charming.”

10. If you are an adult, be just as charmed by the lovely and well-crafted animations as the children in the audience.  Ernest & Celestine is brought to you by the same creators of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville.

Along with Ernest & Celestine, we will be presenting a selection of student films entered into the PTA Reflections program.

Check out the trailer below and join us. The film is FREE!


10 Good Reasons to See RISING FROM ASHES at the Greater Farmington Film Festival

Rising from Ashes posterYes, you’ll want to see ALL the films at the Greater Farmington Film Festival but here are 10 good reasons to see Rising from Ashes on Friday night, March 7th, at 9:30 pm at the Farmington Civic Theater.

  1. If you are a fan (like us), of “Best Cinematography” Oscar nominee films, you don’t want to miss the stunning cinematography of RISING FROM ASHES on the big screen. Rwanda is known throughout the world as “the land of a thousand hills” and is brimming with a natural, rugged beauty.

2. Wonderfully inspiring! Joyous and uplifting, full of spirit, memorable athletes and remarkable achievements. — New York Daily News.

3. Beautifully narrated by Forest Whitaker, who is also the Executive Producer of this film. Need we say more?

4. We all need reminders every now and then of the remarkable resilience of the human spirit.

5. If you are a cycling enthusiast (or an athlete of any kind), you will identify with the Team Rwanda cyclists, knowing first hand the raw grit and determination it takes to keep going even when the odds are stacked against you.

6. Witness firsthand that with commitment, hard work and consistency of practice, you can achieve your goals.

7. You will leave this film truly understanding the depth of feeling behind this Rwandan proverb: “You can outrun that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.”

8. Brings the devastatingly brutal 1994 Rwandan genocide–that claimed more than a million lives within three months–up close and personal by allowing us to become a part of the cycling team members’ lives and experiences during that time.

9. “Rising From Ashes” gives you more than you expect,” says LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turran. You will leave this film awesomely inspired, with renewed faith in the human spirit.

10. You’ve watched the film trailer and understand RISING FROM ASHES is a must-see film, so get your tickets today!