YDA, c. 2015
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Inspired by the murals in downtown Colorado Springs, Talking Walls explores the present-day mural art scene in the city and its prestigious historical roots. Scores of beautiful and playful murals throughout the city are examined along with interviews of the artists behind the works and their creative process. At the heart of the film is the challenge of public funding for the arts.
Mary Calhoun: The Making of a Storybook
(Film) Chip Taylor Communications. 1998.
Produced by Colorado SD#11. 96/08DE Closed-Captioned PI 20 min
This highly acclaimed program plays two roles. First, as a biography, it offers viewers a personal glimpse of Mary Calhoun, the beloved children’s author of more than fifty children’s books, including Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, Henry the Christmas Cat, A Shepherd’s Gift, and Flood; then, in the role of storyteller, the award-winning author sits down with elementary school-age children to tell them about her life as an author and to introduce them to the writing process of a storybook.
* Shown at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Review: “Highly Recommended. This excellent biography reveals why Mary Calhoun is such a loved author and storyteller.” -School Library Journal
I’ve Got Your Nose!
Produced by Chip Taylor. 04/10DE Closed-Captioned PI 10 min.
Narrating her popular children’s book, I’ve Got Your Nose!, author Nancy Bentley tells the rib-tickling story about Nahzella, a witch, who loves her old cat, O.C., loves her cottage, and loves making magic spells with her magic spell book, but she hates her nose – a cute little “button” fit for a princess, but not a witch. So Nahzella sets out with O.C. to find a new nose. Along the way she meets a farmer, a baker, and a butcher who have wonderful noses, she thinks. But with every magic spell, she ends up getting a bit more than just a new nose! In the end, she learns an important lesson about liking her own little nose. Author: Nancy Bentley. Illustrator: Don Madden. Associated Book: I’ve Got Your Nose
Review: “Highly Recommended. An excellent short story that teaches children at a young age to be happy with who they are and how they look.” -National Media Review