Monday, January 27, 2014

This year's 90-second Newbery entrant: HOLES

Last year if you recall, the most thespian of my three sons (they are all theatrical, but the middle one really lives and breathes it), made a video of E.L. Konigsburg's The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. He was inspired by James Kennedy's 90-second Newbery film festival, which you can read all about HERE. Last year, we all trooped off to the screening at the Multnomah County library main branch, followed by celebratory snacks at Elephant's Delicatessen--a total treat. It was the lure of a return to Elephant's, I believe, which was the impetus of a repeat production.

The boys are now in 5th grade, and I've noticed a diverging between the sexes (cooties!), which will no doubt subside in a couple of years. So, it was an all-male group that descended on me last Monday (MLK Day). Thank goodness for the other parents (a.k.a. the catering crew) who brought meatball sub sandwiches and cookies. Totally saved my bacon.

It was a blustery day, and my videographer fingers swiftly froze. But with some editing, I think the lads can be pleased with the results. (Many minutes and all the subplots hit the cutting room floor.) Mr. Kennedy sent us back a rave review, and we are set to be part of the Portland screening on March the 2nd. (There are showings in Chicago, New York, the Bay Area, and Tacoma as well.)

Here's the finished version:

Thanks for watching!


  1. OMGosh! His first few lines are golden. He does a great job! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That about covers the story! :D
    Love the yellow-spotted lizard.

  3. Fun!! I love to see what kids do with a story; it's my favorite part of teaching literature.

  4. Love it! Move over Mr. Spielberg, there's a new kid in town! I'd love to see them do this with Raiders of the Lost Ark . . . or Pirates of the Caribbean. :)

  5. Kudos to you and the crew. Nicely done!


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