Young Charlotte, Filmmaker

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker

by Frank Viva
     
 


Young Charlotte is a filmmaker who loves everything that’s black and white, including spiders, penguins, and the old movies that she sees with her dad at the Golden Theatre (where the floors are sticky). With her camera at the ready wherever she goes, she finds inspiration for movies everywhere she looks. But when her colorful parents and colorful classmates… See more details below

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Young Charlotte is a filmmaker who loves everything that’s black and white, including spiders, penguins, and the old movies that she sees with her dad at the Golden Theatre (where the floors are sticky). With her camera at the ready wherever she goes, she finds inspiration for movies everywhere she looks. But when her colorful parents and colorful classmates just don’t “get” her, she’s ready to give up—until a lucky encounter with a film curator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York changes her perspective. Inspired by the films she sees at MoMA and stories of other pioneering directors, Charlotte gets to work. And it’s hard work! But when her movie finally premieres at the Museum, Charlotte is thrilled to be doing exactly what she loves best.

A follow-up to Frank Viva’s Young Frank, Architect and perfect for film lovers, aspiring directors, and artists of all stripes, Young Charlotte, Filmmaker is an inspiring tale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/13/2015
In a companion to 2013’s Young Frank, Architect, Viva traces the artistic development of a filmmaker who sees the world in black and white. Or at least she would prefer to: Charlotte “just wants to take a straw and drink all the color right out of the air.” While others love color, “Charlotte wishes that others could see just how wonderful black and white can be.” She gets her chance after she meets a woman named Scarlet, who works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Scarlet loves “how black and white clear away the clutter,” helps Charlotte improve her craft, and arranges for a screening of one of Charlotte’s films at the museum. While the screening leaves Charlotte committed to black-and-white filmmaking, Viva is under no such constraints, spiking his flattened, fluid shapes with mustard, indigo, and carnation pink (the images are in line with Viva’s previous work yet could have easily been influenced by MoMA’s recent exhibition of Matisse cutouts). Like its predecessor, it’s a playful tribute to the joys and struggles of creating art. Ages 3–7. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870709500
Publisher:
MoMA
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
492,094
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years