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And the Tumbleweeds screenings are not limited to one weekend. The Utah Film Center schedules monthly screenings year-round at several stations around the state, and it organizes educational screenings for Salt Lake-area school field trips.

"Getting teachers to think of storytelling as a way to educate is one of our top priorities," Yocom said.

At a glance

You know, for kids!

The fourth annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival promises a wide range of feature films and short-film programs aimed at children, teens and families.

Where » Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City; Park City Library Center, 1255 Park Ave., Park City.

Tickets » $6 per film, available at ArtTix.org or at the Rose Wagner box office; a 10-film punch card is available for $40 at www.utahfilmcenter.org/tumbleweeds14/.

Kids’ Clubhouse » A free drop-in clubhouse, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. downstairs at the Rose Wagner, will feature hands-on LEGO robotics demonstrations, an opportunity to make your own flip book, Microsoft gaming stations (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Spy Hop’s Animation Station (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Workshops » Learn about Minecraft or computer programming in free workshops Saturday and Sunday. Go to the Tumbleweeds website for more information.

Here is the schedule of films


7 p.m. » Opening film: TBA, Rose Wagner.


9 a.m. » “Knight Rusty” (all ages), Rose Wagner.

Noon » “The Black Brothers” (8 and up), SLC Library.

11 a.m. » Shorts Program 1: Fun for Everyone (all ages), Rose Wagner.

1 p.m. » “Ernest & Celestine” in English (all ages), Rose Wagner.

2 p.m. » Shorts Program 2: World’s Best Shorts (8 and up), SLC Library.

3 p.m. » “The Tough Guys” (12 and up), Rose Wagner.

3 p.m. » “Windstorm” (8 and up), Park City Library.

4 p.m. » Adobe Youth Voices Short Film Program (10 and up), SLC Library.

5 p.m. » “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang” (8 and up), Rose Wagner.

7 p.m. » “I Learn America” (12 and up), Rose Wagner.


11 a.m. » “Felix” (10 and up), Rose Wagner.

11 a.m. » “Ernest & Celestine” in English (all ages), Park City Library.

Noon » “The Little Ghost” (all ages), SLC Library

1 p.m. » “Ernest & Celestine” in French (all ages), Rose Wagner.

1 p.m. » “Knight Rusty” (all ages), Park City Library.

2 p.m. » “A Horse on the Balcony” (8 and up), SLC Library

3 p.m. » Girl’s POV Short Film Program (12 and up), Rose Wagner.

3 p.m. » “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang” (8 and up), Park City Library.

4 p.m. » Shorts Program 1: Fun for Everyone (all ages), SLC Library.

5 p.m. » “Windstorm” (8 and up), Rose Wagner.

7 p.m. » Closing film: “The Wizard of Oz” 75th anniversary screening (all ages), Rose Wagner.

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The school screenings made up about 40 percent of the 4,000-plus people who attended Tumbleweeds last year, Yocom said. So the word is spreading.

"[Children] know the name now, they talk about it with their friends," Yocom said. She cited the experience of one child who attended a recent preview screening of "Zip & Zap." "He walked up to everyone and said, ‘This is my favorite film yet.’ And he’s 6!"


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