Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

44 PAGES

 

Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 92 minutes

44 PAGES

For 70 years, Highlights has been a source of fun and education for kids, a demographic the magazine refers to as the “world’s most important people.” In 44 PAGES, filmmaker Tony Shaff follows the staff as they prepare for their upcoming anniversary issue. Working out of an old house in quaint Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the editorial team is an enthusiastic bunch—passionate about children and seemingly always in a good mood. Started by Garry and Caroline Myers, the publication is still family-run, despite personal tragedies and financial roadblocks along the way. Of course, things have changed a lot since its inception in 1946. Print media is suffering due to the internet, and with kids using tablets and smartphones now, Highlights must find new ways to engage its audience. The magazine must also address modern social matters, such as same-sex couples, transgender issues, and racial sensitivity. Considering the age of the readers, it’s a tricky task. Shaff’s charming documentary takes us inside a cultural phenomenon that’s survived generations and continues to enrich the lives of youths across the globe. —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Sidebar
FAMILY FILMS

Genre
Recommended for Middle School Students +

Competition
Local Heroes Competition

Related Daily Postings
70 Years of 'Fun with a Purpose'

Director
Tony Shaff

Tony Shaff is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He's worked as a producer on MTV shows such as Teen Mom 2 and 16 and Pregnant.

Filmography
"Hotline" (2014), 44 PAGES (2017)

Producers
Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, Tony Shaff

Cinematography
John P. Campbell

Editing
Amanda Hughes

Film Sponsors

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Community Partners

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

Lake Erie Ink

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