Teen Stuff: How I Live Now

A film based on the 2005 Printz award winning book by Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now is set in the near future in the UK. American teenager Daisy is sent to live with her cousins in the English countryside. Full of angst she is slow to communicate and form relationships with her family members. She slowly starts to open up and crack a smile or two when suddenly the UK falls into a military state and the the kids are forced to evacuate the farm as chaos and violence continues to surround them. Daisy tries to escape and this is her story.

See this list for more movies based on books teens love.

Coping with grief resources

Footprints on our hearts is a valuable resource for someone who has lost a child. The topic of loss can be so confusing and is made only more complex because everyone deals with loss differently. However the fact remains that no matter how a person deals with the death of their child or a loved one, there should be a conversation around it. AADL offers many DVDs and books that broach the topic of death and grief.

If you would prefer a workshop sort of environment instead of an inanimate DVD or book, AADL also hosts Grief 101:What to Expect When Grieving multiple times a year. The next time this event takes place is just next week on Tuesday June 17, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Pittsfield branch. At this program, Arbor Hospice’s Grief Support Services lead an educational session that will provide attendees with resources and information that are available to those experiencing the loss of a loved one. While grief is incredibly personal, sometimes it is just nice to know that you are not alone in the process.

Nebraska on DVD & Blu-ray

Nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for best picture, Nebraska tells the story of a cantankerous father and his son who take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska in order for the father to claim a mega millions sweepstakes prize that doesn’t actually exist. His family tries to enlighten him but he is insistent that he make it to Nebraska even if he has to walk, so his son begrudgingly drives him. This black and white, sleepy-time film is a gem that's beautiful on screen with superb acting from Bruce Dern and Will Forte. It’s a wonderful look at the father-son relationship. Directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways and The Descendants.

The Fault in Our Stars on the Big Screen

Okay, Nerdfighters and John Green fans… Are you ready? For the past year and half John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars, has been insanely popular. And the book has reached peak buzz since the MOVIE adaptation comes out this Friday, June 6!

Hazel is a teen fighting terminal cancer. She meets and falls in love with Gus at a cancer support group. The book and movie tell the story of their romance along with their various health issues. It sounds like a downer, and it is – I went through a box of tissues reading the book. But the story celebrates being alive and being in love and I smiled as I cried and their endearing story.

Author John Green has been on set, and has been tweeting and Instagramming over the past year during filming and he and the film crew are very excited about the outcome. If the author loves it, will we? Of course when books you love get turned into movies you have to wonder… Will it be any good? Will it compare? Will the characters live up to your expectations?! We’ll find out Friday! Drop a comment and let us know what you think after you see the film!

Cutie and The Boxer

In the late 1960s, nineteen year old art student Noriko fell in love with 41 year old artist Ushio Shinohara. She put her own art career on hold to support his rising career in the bustling alcohol infused Manhattan art scene. The documentary Cutie and the Boxer tells the story of their long relationship and how they have struggled and survived together for over forty years, wondering if Ushio’s art will sell or if they’ll be able to make rent.

In his 80s Ushio continues with his “boxing” paintings, while Noriko has found a new voice in her own modern work as they embark on a joint exhibition. It’s a delightful documentary about what relationships can sustain over time, and how art can induce a magical atmosphere that can foster love. The film was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Claymation Puppet Workshop for Adults with Animator, Brad Pattullo

Sunday July 6, 2014: 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Adults

Back by popular demand, clay animator Brad Pattullo will guide participants through the process of fabricating a clay puppet for animation. From character design to the assembly of a posable aluminum wire armature and sculpting with plasticine clay - you will come away with a fully-realized, stop-motion puppet for animation or display. Learn about stop-motion animation and how a puppet is animated. Brad Patullo is a Professor of Animation at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Brad has worked for Will Vinton Studios on shows like "The PJ's" and "Celebrity Deathmatch." Note: This is a five hour hands-on session – attendees should plan to stay for the entire session to complete their work. If attendees finish their puppet early enough there will be equipment to make short animated films. Lunch will also be served.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Claymation Puppet Workshop for Teens with Animator Brad Pattullo

Saturday July 5, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12

Clay animator Brad Pattullo guides you through the process of fabricating a clay puppet for animation at this popular workshop. From character design to the assembly of a posable aluminum wire armature and sculpting with plasticine clay, you can make a fully-realized, stop-motion puppet for animation or display. This is a five-hour, hands-on session—plan to use the entire time to complete your project. If time allows, equipment is available to make short animated films. Lunch is served at 12:30 pm.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

The Grand Budapest Hotel on DVD & Blu-ray

Mastermind director Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, (also written by Anderson) is set in a completely made up place. And with Anderson at the helm, every bit of the film is created from scratch. Every sign, newspaper, cake box, etc. are all original works created specifically for the film. Talk about design heaven! Here is a great interview with the graphic designer that worked with Anderson on the film to help get every bit just to his liking.

As for the film… It tells the story of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a grand European hotel. He befriends the young lobby boy and takes him along on an adventure when a close friend dies. Gustave is knee deep in the battle for the family fortune, which allows for much comedic adventure as he is chased by rivals.

While this is not my favorite Wes Anderson film, it features an all-star cast of Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman, and is an amazing visual treat that will surely please fans.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you enjoy watching bad movies and are unaware of Mystery Science Theater 3000 you are missing out. But don’t worry, AADL has a large number of MST3K films to keep you busy for a while. Along with his robot friends Joel (or Mike depending on the season) is shot into space and forced to watch terrible movies. They cope and retain their sanity by jesting throughout these terrible, terrible films. Here are just a couple of the nuggets that exist in the amazing history of this television show.

Volume 18, Disc 4: Jack Frost: In this unique Russian fairy tale, two lovers must conquer the most bizarre ordeals of the supernatural.

Volume 10.2, Disc 2: Swamp Diamonds: With an undercover cop in tow, a gang of female prison escapees hunts for hidden diamonds in a Louisiana swamp, kidnapping a geologist along the way. Includes short: "What to do on a date."

Volume 26, disc 2: Alien from L.A.: This is perhaps the bad movie to end all bad movies. In this 1980's twist on Journey to the Center of The Earth, Kathy Ireland plays an awkward teen in search of her missing archaeologist father, only to stumble into a deeply underground civilization unaware of life on the surface. Adventure ensues.

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell, a documentary directed by the accomplished Sarah Polley, showcases the idea of storytelling as an art form. Intrigued by the life of her deceased mother, she interviews members of her family and others linked to Diane Polley to uncover the truth. Sarah was born to older parents, and her family often joked that she looked nothing like her father. While researching Diane's past as an actress in Montreal, she finds more than she bargained for... and opens the door to a new reality.

The film takes viewers on an emotional ride that gradually reveals the relationship of each storyteller to Polley, who layers their raw emotion with staged footage and family photos. Each person has their own version of the story that weaves into the others for a nearly complete tapestry. As said in the film, many of the best stories come from within one's own life rather than outside of it.

"Stories We Tell" first debuted at the Venice Film Festival, and has since played at the Toronto Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2013. Sarah Polley directed Away from Her and Take This Waltz, and is known for her acting work in Splice, The Secret Life of Words, and My Life Without Me.

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