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Sundance Kids introduces next generation to indie films
An eager mouse, Celestine, signs up to collect teeth in the animated adventure "Ernest & Celestine." Courtesy GKids
A bear, Ernest, relaxes in a moment from the animated adventure "Ernest & Celestine." Courtesy GKids

An eager mouse, Celestine, befriends a candy-loving bear, Ernest, in the animated adventure "Ernest & Celestine." Courtesy GKids
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
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A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang."
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
A scene from "Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)
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Matt and Melissa Nowell, of Riverton, have been attending the Sundance Film Festival for many years, and their children Tate, 8, and Finn, 6, have always felt a little left out. Not this year.

“We love movies,” Matt Nowell said before the screening. “It’s nice that they can attend and we get them hooked on it.”

Michelle Porter also is a regular Sundance attendee. She has tried to foster a similar love of independent movies in Jacklynn, her 9-year-old niece, by taking her to Tumbleweed screenings and, now, a Sundance film.

“I think it’s great to expose children to independent films and different languages and subtitles,” she said.

During the question-and-answer period after the film, several parents thanked Santos, the director, for making a smart, well-made adventure movie and asked him to make more because there aren’t enough being shown in the U.S., they said.

Santos agreed: “I’m aware of the lack of movies of this nature,” he said through an interpreter. “Kids need more positive movies like this and I want to bring them to the screen.”

kathys@sltrib.com

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Sundance Kids » With new section, festival aims to give young moviegoers a chance to look past the mainstream.

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Sundance Kids

Utahns have another chance to see the two offerings in this year’s inaugural Sundance Kids section.

“Ernest & Celestine” » Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:30 p.m.; Redstone Cinema 1, Park City

“Zip & Zap and The Marble Gang” » Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m.; Redstone Cinema 2, Park City

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