Maui Community College VITEC "College for Kids" Program presents a free evening of family film and fun

August 22 screening of Alice Upside Down presented in partnership with UH Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Maui College
Katie McMillan, (808) 984-3549
Marketing and Community Relations
Posted: Aug 18, 2008

KAHULUI, Maui, Hawaiʻi - College for Kids, offered through the Maui Community College-VITEC program, joins with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival to present an evening of free family fun under the stars on Maui on Friday, August 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Maui campus. The festivities include a screening of the feature film, "Alice Upside Down," and a new Wubbzy episode from Starz. In addition, there will be door prizes and information on future programs.

The event will be held on the Great Lawn located at the center of the Maui Community College campus. Parking is available for free on campus, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, mats and a picnic dinner. Snacks will be available for purchase from the Valley Isle Girlz 4-H Club. "Alice Upside Down" is appropriate for children ages 8 and older. For more information, call (808) 984-3231 on Maui.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, travels to more than 100 locations nationwide each year, making it the largest kid's film festival in the world.

In its ninth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival offers sneak peeks at new films from major studios, classic films, independents and shorts in a variety of styles including animation and live action. The films are evaluated by juries of adults and kids and must meet the KIDS FIRST! criteria of no gratuitous violence, no racial or cultural bias, no inappropriate content, and no condescension towards children.

"Alice Upside Down" was developed from the award-winning popular series of books by Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Alice McKinley (played with great charm by Alyson Stoner) is an endearing, 11-year-old heroine growing up without a mother. Through a series of incidents both hilarious and poignant, Alice grows from tweenship into teenship in an all-male household, with her father, Ben (Luke Perry), and 17-year-old brother, Lester (Lucas Grabeel). Her mother died six years ago and her father has moved the family to a new town for a new beginning. But as the new girl in school, Alice's life is full of anxiety, awkward moments and overwhelming challenges. With the support of her father, a special teacher (Penny Marshall) and her new friends, Alice charges forward through the chaos and embarrassment with imagination, humor and heart.

College for Kids, offered through the Maui Community College-VITEC (Vital & Innovative Training & Economic Development Center) program of the Office of Continuing Education and Training, introduces children to the college environment by providing an enriching, project-oriented, interdisciplinary curriculum and a positive learning experience that is safe, creative and interactive. The University of Hawaiʻi KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is presented by UH Mānoa Outreach College, and is supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaiʻi.