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Special Showing for Teens at Newark Screens, July 29


NEWARK – A five-week summer schedule of age-appropriate documentaries and animated films for children ages 4-12 has been announced by the 35th Annual Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) Youth Cinema, presented by the Newark Museum.   Youth Cinema will be screened from June 29 – July 29.


Youth Cinema, the children's film component of NBFF, longest running black film festival in the United States, begins June 29. Films will be screened free of charge on consecutive Mondays, 10:30am at the Newark Public Library; Wednesdays, 1pm at the Newark Museum, and Thursdays, 1pm at the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.   A special screening for teenagers of the filmThe Longshots is scheduled for 1pm on Wednesday, July 29, at the Newark Screens on Springfield Ave.


Produced since 1974 by The Newark Museum, the Festival has been sponsored for the past nine years through the generous support of Bank of America.   "Bank of America is deeply committed to the arts and believes that when we create opportunities to bolster the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities we serve, we ultimately help our customers and other stakeholders succeed," said Ann Limberg, President, Bank of America New Jersey. "The Newark Black Film Festival has provided Bank of America with an ideal vehicle to achieve its corporate philanthropy mission of service to the community."


A complete schedule of films, dates and venues may be found by logging on to


Newark Black Film Festival



Monday, June 29             10:30 a.m.               The Newark Public Library

Wednesday, July 1           1:00 p.m.                 Newark Museum

Thursday, July 2               1:00 p.m.                 NJ State Museum


Global Wonders

Children will learn about African-American culture in this interactive adventure, featuring a mix of animation, live-action footage and original songs. Discover the art of Horace Pippin, music of Louis Armstrong, achievements of Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more.   56 minutes

Monday, July 6                10:30 a.m.               The Newark Public Library

Wednesday, July 8          1:00 p.m.                  Newark Museum

Thursday, July 9               1:00 p.m.                  NJ State Museum 

Chato and the Party Animals

Chato's friend, Novio Boy, has never had a birthday party, and doesn't even know when his birthday is. So Chato, being a good friend, decides to throw him one - a "pachanga," and everyone is invited - including you!  10 minutes

Written by Gary Soto; illustrated by Susan Guevara


The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney

Narrated by Bill Cosby, this documentary tells the story of the first African-American to circumnavigate the world.   Follow Captain Bill Pinkney's 27,000-mile high seas adventures from Boston to Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, South Africa, Tasmania and Uruguay.   45 minutes


Monday, July 13              10:30 a.m.               The Newark Public Library

Wednesday, July 15         1:00 p.m.                  Newark Museum

Thursday, July 16             1:00 p.m.                  NJ State Museum 


I Lost My Tooth in Africa

Story of a young girl who loses a tooth while visiting her father's family in Africa. In the African tradition, the girl places the tooth under a gourd and, in return, gets two chickens from the Tooth Fairy.   Emmy Award-winning PBS children's series,Reading Rainbow.     30 minutes

Written by Penda Diakite; illusrated by Baba Wague Diakite


Lincoln and Douglass

In celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday this year, we present this story of the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals.    12 minutes

Written by Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier


An Apple for Harriet Tubman

Children will learn about the life of Harriet Tubman, including the significance of apples for this remarkable American. The program follows Tubman's life from the hardships that she endured as a child slave through her escape to freedom and her legendary role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her life as freewoman in upstate New York.    12 minutes

Written by Glennette Tilley Turner; illustrated by Susan Keeter


Monday, July 20               10:30 a.m.               The Newark Public Library

Wednesday, July 22        1:00 p.m.                  Newark Museum

Thursday, July 22            1:00 p.m.                  NJ State Museum 

Cliques, Phonies & Other Baloney

This animated program offers helpful suggestions on how children can dare to be different, keep an open mind about others and remain true to themselves.   30 minutes

Written & illustrated by Trevor Romain


Garrett's Gift: The Story of Garrett Morgan

Narrated by Queen Latifah, this animated program tells the story of African-American inventor Garrett Morgan and his struggle to discover his talent. Years later, Garrett achieves his dreams as he introduces the world to his many wonderful inventions, including the traffic signal.   19 minutes                      

Written by Karyn Parsons; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


The Hunterman and the Crocodile

Traditional West African folktale about the importance of living in harmony with nature. 10 minutes                              

Retold & illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite


Monday, July 27               10:30 a.m.               The Newark Public Library

Wednesday, July 29        1:00 p.m.                  Newark Museum

Thursday, July 30            1:00 p.m.                  NJ State Museum


The Story of Ruby Bridges
Learn about six-year-old Ruby Bridges' difficult first months at an all-white elementary school in New Orleans.  12 minutes

Written by Robert Coles; illustrated by George Ford 
The Lion's Drum
An African hunter discovers a lion playing a magic tree stump deep in the jungle and must convince the villagers of what he has seen and heard.  23 minutes

Illustrated by Claudia Obata


Obara & The Merchants
In this animated adaptation of the traditional Nigerian folktale, a powerful hunter returns home to find some unexpected dinner guests.  8 minutes  Written by Michelle Bodden; illustrated by Kwenci Jones


Wednesday, July 29        1:00 p.m.        Newark Screens on Springfield Ave.


The Longshots

True story of Jasmine Plummer (KeKe Palmer) who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history. 2007, 95 minutes. Rated PG






Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, Bank of America will embark in 2009 on a new, ten-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $200 million in 2007, making the bank the most generous financial institution in the world and the second largest donor of all U.S. corporations in cash contributions. Bank of America approaches giving through a national strategy called "neighborhood excellence" under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Through Team Bank of America, bank associate volunteers contributed more than 650,000 hours in 2007 to enhance the quality of life in their communities nationwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please 

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City.   The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Fridays, from Noon - 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., October 1 – June 30; and Saturdays and Sundays, from Noon – 5 p.m., July 1 – September 30.   Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Members and Newark residents are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee.   For   information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site, h ttp:// .   The Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State—a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.


The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station.  Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.



The New Jersey State Museum was established in 1895 - one of the nation's first state museums founded with an educational mission. Today, that mission comes alive across four distinct subject areas – Archaeology/Ethnology, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History – offering a dynamic experience of "four museums in one" and a galaxy of activities for every member of the family. Treasures are exhibited thematically across an expansive, three-building campus that includes the newly renovated four-level main building, a 384-seat auditorium, and a 150-seat planetarium, which is undergoing renovations. Together, the State of New Jersey and the foundations, corporations and citizens of the state are transforming the "People's Museum" into a premiere location for cultural exchang e and education. For more information go to


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