MILLBURN, NJ – The Public Library will host the “Weird Worlds” series of family-friendly films starting Saturday Jan. 18 and continuing once per month until April 26. The return of this winter series for the third year is a joint venture between the Millburn Free Public Library and the Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee, spearheaded by committee member Victoria Plummer.
Each film will be introduced beforehand, with a discussion session afterward for audience members who wish to remain. All films start at 2 p.m., and audience members are welcome to bring their own popcorn and snacks. The series is free to the public.
“The Millburn Library is glad to host this film series. Libraries are more than just places where you can borrow a book or access the internet. Libraries are places where people can come to connect with each other and broaden their horizons,” said Michael Banick, library director. “It is a chance to enjoy some unique films with other folks from town and then engage in some discussion about the craft of cinema. It is really an excellent program for people of all ages.”
From the Library:
First up is “Spirited Away”, an animated film by renowned Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki on January 18 at 2 pm. “Spirited Away” tells the story of a young girl, Chihiro, transported into a magical world, where her parents are turned into pigs. She must battle with mysterious creatures and discover a way to change her parents back. Along her journey in this visually stunning film, Chihiro learns about herself and navigating the process of growing up. Recommended for ages 10 up.
Next to be screened is “Koyaanisqatsi”, a film by director Godfrey Reggio, on February 15. How do you tell a story without any words, characters or plot? This groundbreaking film takes the audience from outer space to untouched desert beauty to the bustle of Las Vegas. Translated as “Life out of balance “ in the Hopi language, Koyaanisqatsi’s experimental ride is accompanied by a soundtrack by Philip Glass. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
On March 15, “ A Trip to the Moon” and “The Lost World” take us back to the beginning days of filmmaking - and science fiction. Georges Méliès’ classic tale of space travel from 1902 is paired with this precursor to Jurassic Park from 1925, in gloriously restored black and white. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
April 26 brings cult classic “Fantastic Planet” to the library. Hand drawn stop-action animation is used to tell the story of humans who are pets to 40 foot aliens. A groovy soundtrack and some weighty themes give this film from 1973 a long-lasting reach. Recommended for ages 12 and up.