By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 12:56 pm in Family Outings.
There are plenty of children’s film fests are around, but Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive takes a different approach with its two-part “School Days” series, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday with the 13th annual Screenagers Bay Area Film and Video Festival. It’s an event that captures the Bay Area teenage experience through documentaries, narratives and experimental flicks — made by teens from local high schools and curated by Berkeley High students. Then on Feb. 13, the focus shifts to the Lunch Love Community Documentary Project (pictured), which isn’t so much a film as what they’re calling “a media social” — a little viewing and a whole lot of talking about food, kids and the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative. Filmmakers Helen De Michiel and Sophie Constantinou will be there along with the initiative’s executive chef, Bonnie Christensen, and other experts and advocates. Tickets are $6.50-$9.50. The PFA is at 2575 Bancroft Way. For details, visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
And coming soon …
The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is hosting an exhibit devoted to artist and cartoonist Berkeley Breathed. Dubbed “From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed,” the show includes work from “Mars Needs Moms,” Breathed’s children’s book, which has been made into an upcoming film by the folks at Disney. The show opens Wednesday at the Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission St.) and runs through June 19. Admission is $3-$7.