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Cinema St. Louis Presents First St. Louis International Children's Festival

Over the course of the next two weeks, Cinema St. Louis will hold filmmaking workshops and screen fourteen films in its first St. Louis International Children's Film Festival.

Cinema St. Louis Executive Director Cliff Froehlich said the organization chose to do a children's festival because there were a lot of great children's films that should be seen despite not having wide commercial appeal. 

Among the filmmakers attending the festival are animator Michael Sporn and actor/screenwriter Joey Dedio. Sporn is known for his animations of beloved children books, including "Abel's Island," a story about a mouse who becomes stranded on an island.

Sporn said his goal in animating children's films has been "for problems to be solved and a love of art to get across." Compilations of his short films will be screened on two occasions.

Joey Dedio co-wrote, produced and starred in his film, "Tio Papi," the story of a carefree man who becomes the guardian of his sister's six children.

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Cinema St. Louis Presents the First Annual St. Louis International Children's Film Festival

July 26-28 and August 2-4, 2013 with various times and locations.

For more information call (314) 289-4150 or visit the Cinema St. Louis website.

Cityscape is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council.

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