Before Our Time Youth Film Festival
4 Films Meant to Be Seen on the Big Screen
Curated by Ithaca High School Students
Friday, June 8 & Saturday, June 9
Sponsored by Purity Ice Cream
Cinemapolis is proud to announce the creation of a weekend-long film festival curated by Ithaca High School students. Just in time for the end of the school year, The Before Our Time Youth Film Festival features four films meant to be seen on the big screen. Each film will feature an introduction from members of the selection committee and prize giveaways for attendees. Discounted tickets for this special weekend of screenings are just $5 per show or $15 for all four films. The Before Our Time Youth Film Festival at Cinemapolis is made possible by lead sponsor Purity Ice Cream.
The festival is the result of a collaboration between the cinema’s Family and Educational Programming committee and a group of Ithaca High School students, some of whom were alumni of the Cinema Studies class taught by IHS teacher, Michael Reiff. “Our Family and Ed committee has had four years of success bringing in younger audiences through the Family Classics Picture Show series, but we really wanted to find a way to engage teens with some great cinema,” said Brett Bossard, executive director of Cinemapolis. “I contacted Mr. Reiff, and a team of interested IHS students formed pretty quickly.”
The inaugural group of teens includes Quin Demarest, Tad Donovan, Charlotte Littell, Ella Mead-VanCort, Geneva Moreland, and Miya Scully. Given some broad guidelines for selecting films that first appeared on the big screen before they were born, the team polled other students to help come up with the first year of programming. According to Litell, “We just asked people ‘What movie do you really like that you think no one else has seen?’” The result is a mix of films from four different decades and a wide range of genres. The titles and broad plot strokes are probably familiar to many students, but the selection team wanted to give young adults the opportunity to take in the complete experience of these cinema classics. “Psycho is way more than just a shower scene,” said Mead-VanCort.
The Before Our Time Youth Film Festival at Cinemapolis, presented by Purity Ice Cream, begins with Amelie on Friday, June 8th at 4:30 pm. Advance tickets are available now at Cinemapolis.org or in person at the box office during regular business hours at the cinema. Special weekend pass lanyards will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, June 5th.