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Suggested Viewing: Staff Top Picks

By Sarah O'Hare, Interim Director of Education 03.26.20

Lost in all of the options available to stream right now? Don’t worry! Our staff is curating suggestions on a weekly basis for everyone at home. Click on the links below to learn more about this week’s suggested viewing.


2020. 102 m. USA. English. Rated PG.

Recommended for ages 7+

A popular film now streaming, Education Program Manager Darrel Swann writes, "the standard is high at Pixar, but I think they do just enough here to earn their trademarked emotional ending. It's a fine romp that could have make a bit more use of the mythic histories of the creatures they populate with world with. A little wordy for the younger crowd, I think Onward is good for all ages 7 +. Unless they're a student of the 80s blockbusters, there's enough "new" there to engage and entertain. Click here to read Darrel's full critique. 

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

2013. 89 m. France. No Dialogue. Rated NR.

Recommended for all ages.

Recommended by Education Program Manager and JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara. Emily writes, " Not only is the story delightful, but the animation's unique style of combining real-life backgrounds with digital animation is something to behold. With no dialogue thrilling chase scenes , and comedic moments to boot, this French animation does something different compared to the typical Disney film A refreshing adventure that is good for any age! Click here for more from Emily on what questions to ask your kids when watching this film together. 

Streaming on Kanopy (Free) & Amazon Prime (Free)

Stories We Tell

2012. 108 m. Canada. English. Rated PG-13.

Adults get bored too, but enforced down-time is the perfect opportunity to watch a great documentary. Theresa Dawson, JBFC Education Program Manger reflected on a recent 3-week Documentary class she taught at the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab. "We watched clips from 16 great documentaries , but the title that spared the most debate was the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell." Click here to read more about Theresa's analysis and fun facts about the film. 

Available on Kanopy, Tubi, Amazon Prime, YouTube