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Lemurs – Strange Creatures You Will Never Forget! KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the true story of nature’s greatest explorers – lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O says, “Island of “Lemurs: Madagascar” is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.” See his full review below.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

Video review available here: http://youtu.be/xjQSbbv2_ss
Interviews at junket: http://youtu.be/XZiTX6Kyipg
Interviews at premiere: http://youtu.be/OzsA-iyOlmI

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. “Island of “Lemurs: Madagascar” is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

This documentary has more to offer than lemurs. It has action, comedy, adventure, thrill, education and so much more. Of course, who could possibly know that there are so many species of lemurs – the unforgettable bamboo lemur, the brown lemur, the hustle lemur and the adorable and my personal favorite – the mouse lemur.

The story begins when a scientist by the name of Dr. Patricia Wright goes to Madagascar to study lemurs. She goes to the wildest part of the vast jungles to look for one thing: bamboo lemurs, which were thought to be extinct. Lucky she proves them wrong and spends many years saving their species from extinction. We join her on her adventure and learn about the real dangers to the cute and furry animals and hear about her stories in Madagascar.

I love this film. The most mind-blowing part is how the camera crew gets so close to the wild, and sometimes posing, lemurs. There are some angles that look simply impossible to accomplish with wild animals. The film is enhanced by the narration of Morgan Freeman which makes this documentary truly unique. The filmmakers are so smart, using simple ways to get their dream shots. The entire cast of lemurs (no, they are not paid actors) are adorable and, the coolest thing is, they are not trained. Every lemur in the movie is wild.

My favorite scene is when they talk about the adorable, but powerful hand-sized, smaller primate, the mouse lemur. This little guy is captured in a trap that does not hurt him and then is taken to a place where they study and scan him. Then, he is released back to the wild with a story to tell his family.

This movie is meant for all ages but does have a bit of intensity. So, I recommend it to kids ages 6 to 18. This move also easily deserves 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing I would add is that it was too short. I wish it was longer because it is so good and interesting.

Reviewed by Gerry O., age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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Inspire Your Fire at the 19th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Art, Comedy, Food, Music, Photography and Poetry Add to the Fun @latimesfob #bookfest

The Los Angeles Times has announced the lineup and schedule for its 19th annual Festival of Books, a celebration of ideas, creativity, and the written word. This year’s festival will take place Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, at the University of Southern California, in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally vibrant and diverse cities, with an annual attendance of more than 150,000 people. Additionally, for the first time ever, the festival is calling for local artists, comedians, musicians, photographers and poets to join The Times’ “Inspire Us” contest and upload their work for a chance to make the leap from audience to stage at this year’s event.
Notable appearances include: Hugh Acheson, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Gustavo Arellano, Reza Aslan, Philip Bailey, Mayim Bialik, T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton, Roy Choi, Sandra Cisneros, Jackie Collins, Giada de Laurentiis, Rob Delaney, Barbara Ehrenreich, John Green, Carla Hall, Daniel Handler, Robert Hilburn, Pico Iyer, Diego Luna, Chris Kluwe, Terry McMillan, B.J. Novak, Veronica Roth, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Straight, Marlo Thomas, Stephen Tobolowsky, Sandra Tsing Loh, Rachel Zoe and Adrian Todd Zuniga.

The complete festival schedule is available online at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-schedule.