Kids and Their Cameras II | Chicago Reader

Kids and Their Cameras II

Eighteen short videos by kids, some of them group efforts. Oak City (2003) mixes live action (an old tree) and animation (a grid showing the different bugs that reside there) to convey wonder at the variety of life a single tree can support. The stylized black-and-white drawings in Johnnie Semerad's one-minute Josh W.: Flashlight (2002) effectively explore the creative uses of a flashlight (shadow puppets, etc); Ujwal Nair's animated The Flame Who Loved to Dance (2002) does much the same for a candle. Some of the others reflect either heavy-handed assistance from adults or great historical savvy on the part of the kids: the charming birthday video The Cake (2002) mimics the form of a black-and-white silent movie, intertitles and all. 72 min.

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