The International Wildlife Media Center is inviting children and their families to take a walk on the wild side during its Wild Theater Thursday film series.
A group of family friendly wildlife films will be shown each Thursday from July 14 to Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the air-conditioned comfort of the Roxy Theater.
Ian Foster, IWMC education coordinator, said all the films in the series were submitted to the International Wildlife Film Festival and many have won awards at various film festivals from around the world.
The films are aimed at those between the ages of 3 and 12 and many are shorter in length.
"Most of the films we show are between 20 and 50 minutes, so we'll do about an hour and a half of programming," said Foster.
The July 14 showing features a trilogy of SisBro Productions films. These films pack witty educational content into funny storylines with jokes that will bring laughs to all ages.
"First Snow in the Woods" is a heartwarming tale filled with stunning wildlife footage filmed over the course of two fall seasons, featuring intimate looks at animals from white-tailed deer to chipmunks to the great gray owl. The film also includes original music, including groundhog, chipmunk and pileated woodpecker odes to fall.
"Stranger in the Woods" takes viewers on a journey into the woods where they meet two snowdrifts, Pierre and his friend Janine. Together Pierre and Janine will introduce viewers to their forest friends. Children of all ages will enjoy the original music sung by Pierre, Janine and their furry forest friends.
"Lost in the Woods" is a tale of Shirley, an old box turtle, who meets a very lost raccoon named Fernando. She helps him discover the magic of spring and together they learn the truth about a little fawn who sleeps alone in the woods. This delightful tale shows what happens to a fawn in its first few weeks of life, with vivid images of spring and live, behavioral footage of forest animals.
All tickets are $3 and popcorn and refreshments will be available. A schedule of upcoming films can be viewed at www.wildlifefilms.org/
Those unable to attend Wild Theater Thursdays can rent the films along with hundreds of others from the IWMC library.
A nominal rental fee is charged for each film and they can either be mailed out or picked up in person at the Roxy Theater. Films are also made available for larger groups and non-profit fundraising events.
For more information on renting films, contact the IWMC at 728-9380.
Mark Boatman is an intern reporter and can be reached at (406) 544-0138 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.