Sidewalk’s Family Book + Film Club is film fun for the whole family! Based on our monthly Book+ Film Clubs, this summer program is an opportunity for families to share an activity together and for children to engage their reading & critical thinking skills through the summer.

Register by the deadline to have your books mailed to you. If you sign up after the deadline, don’t sweat it! You’ll just have to pick up your book from the cinema box office. Read the book as a family and then join us as we screen the film adaptation and host a round-table discussion.

Thank you to our friends at Thank You Books for being our book partner for this initiative!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Families sign up, books are mailed to them or picked up from the cinema, and then the adults and kids convene at the Sidewalk Cinema for a private screening and discussion of the film and the book.

Your $35 registration fee includes 1 book, 1 kids private screening ticket, 1 adult private screening ticket and the post film discussion. Each additional participant (like siblings, friends, or another adult) is $8. Each additional book is $10.

Register for all 4 sessions for $120.

Family Book + Film Club meets for the screening and discussion at 10am. Concessions will be available for purchase.

June 4 – Matilda by Roald Dahl / Matilda (dir. Danny DeVito, 1996)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday May 22 

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 8+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 9+

Synopsis: Matilda Wormwood is a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Worse, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

June 18 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett / Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (dir. Lord & Miller, 2009)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday June 5

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 4+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 6+

Synopsis: When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town’s crisis. He builds a machine that converts water into food, and becomes a local hero when tasty treats fall from the sky like rain. But when the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under giant mounds of food, Flint finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

July 9 – Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones / Howl’s Moving Castle (dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday June 26

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 9+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 8+

Synopsis: Sophie has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl, who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.

July 23 – Shrek! by William Steig / Shrek (dir. Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson, 2001)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday July 10

Book: Recommended for ages 4+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 6+

Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude was suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home — not to mention his — Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.

Sidewalk’s Teen Book + Film Club is a fun activity for your middle or high schooler this summer! Based on our monthly Book + Film Clubs, this summer program is an opportunity for teens to make new friends, watch fun films and engage their reading & critical thinking skills through the summer. Register by the deadline to have your books mailed to you. If you sign up after the deadline, don’t sweat it! You’ll just have to pick up your book from the cinema box office. Read the book and then join other teens as we screen the film adaptation and host a round-table discussion. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Teens sign up, books are mailed to them or picked up from the cinema, and then the participants convene at the Sidewalk Cinema for a private screening and discussion of the film and the book.

Thank you to our friends at Thank You Books for being our book partner for this initiative!

Your $30 registration fee includes 1 book, 1 private screening ticket, and the post film discussion. 

Register for all 4 sessions for $100.

Teen Book + Film Club meets for the screening and discussion at 12:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase.

June 4 – Nerve by Jeanne Ryan / Nerve (dir. Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost, 2016)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday May 22

Book: Recommended for ages 14+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 14+

Synopsis: Industrious high school senior Vee Delmonico is tired of living life on the sidelines. Pressured by her friends, Vee decides to join Nerve, a popular online game that challenges players to accept a series of dares. It’s not long before the adrenaline-fueled competition requires her to perform increasingly dangerous stunts. When Nerve begins to take a sinister turn, Vee finds herself in a high-stakes finale that will ultimately determine her entire future.

June 18 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline / Ready Player One (dir. Stephen Spielberg, 2018)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday June 5

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 15+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 12+

Synopsis: In 2045 the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.

July 9 – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton / The Outsiders (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1983)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline:  Sunday June 26

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 12+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 14+

Synopsis: A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Social member, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

July 23 – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han / To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (dir. Susan Johnson, 2018)

Book Delivery Registration Deadline: Sunday July 10

Common Sense Media Book Review: Recommended for ages 13+

Common Sense Media Film Review: Recommended for ages 13+

Synopsis: ​​Lara Jean writes secret, soul-baring letters to her five crushes, but never meant to send them. Now they are out and wreaking havoc on her life.

Email jessica@sidewalkfest.com with any questions about Family Book + Film Club or Teen Book + Film Club!

August 22-28, 2022

Sidewalk Film Festival

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