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Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more. Explore a curated selection of films streaming inspired by kid-friendly books. This past Saturday, August 1 with weekly selections revealed on Saturdays throughout the month of August. Designed to encourage a love of literacy and film at a young age, From Book To Film is Gateway Film Center’s signature summer movie series inspired by some of your families’ favorite books. Since 2012, more than 21,000.

Film Center visitors have received complimentary admissions to in-person screenings in the series. “We created From Book to Film to help fill a need for more affordable summer activities for families in our community,” said Chris Hamel, President of Gateway Film Center. “With COVID-19 cancelling in-person activities, that mission is more important than ever. By introducing this new online viewing experience, we hope more people can discover these great films.”

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The new From Book to Film from Home series features films that are all available online for free or on subscription streaming platforms. Also new to the series this year is a selection of short films adapted from books to accompany the feature-length films. Many selections in the lineup are available on Kanopy, a streaming platform that Columbus Metropolitan Library cardholders can access free-of-charge. Those who do not have a library card can apply for one online. Families can access additional content through personal Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+ accounts.

Several From Book to Film favorites have made the list for this From Home edition, including Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). This new, online edition also allows for series premieres of films that have historically been unavailable for theatrical exhibition.

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Weekly lineups will be promoted throughout the month of August on the Film Center’s website. This year’s From Book to Film from Home program is supported in part by Puffin Foundation West, PNC and the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Gateway Film Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, receives ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.

“Film is storytelling, and it’s a powerful medium. We are grateful to have had the community’s support over the years and are excited to bring this series online,” said Hamel. “Whether it offers you the chance to rewatch your favorite film, introduces you to a film or gives you an opportunity to see and talk about the film with your kids, we hope you feel welcomed to join us.” 

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The safety of visitors and team members is a priority for the Film Center and CML. Since the beginning of the pandemic, both organizations have focused on providing new educational and engaging opportunities to serve the
community at home.

Information on virtual screenings can be found on the Film Center’s website at gatewayfilmcenter.org and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). For information on Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Curbside Pickup, virtual programs, and to browse the thousands of library eBooks available for download, visit columbuslibrary.org.

The week one From Book to Film from Home lineup is below:
● THE BIG BAD WOLF (1934)
short film – series premiere – available to stream on Disney +
● CURIOUS GEORGE (2006)
available to stream on Hulu
● DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS (2009)
short film – series premiere – free with your CML card on Kanopy
● ERNEST AND CELESTINE (2012)
series premiere – free with your CML card on Kanopy
● JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996)
series premiere – available to stream on Disney +
● THE LITTLE PRINCE (2015)
series premiere – available to stream on Netflix
● THE LORAX (1972)
short film – series premiere – available to stream on Hulu
● MARY POPPINS (1964)
available to stream on Disney +
● THE SECRET OF NIMH (1982)
available to stream on Amazon Prime
● WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
available to stream on Netflix

The full From Book to Film from Home lineup by streaming service is below:
Kanopy
ERNEST AND CELESTINE (2012) – Series Premiere
DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS (2009) – short – Series Premiere
MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE (2008) – short – Series Premiere
MR. HOLMES (2015) – Series Premiere
CREEPY CARROTS (2013) – Short – Series Premiere
THE TENDER TALE OF CINDERELLA PENGUIN (1981) – Short – Series Premiere
Hulu
A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (1969) – Series Premiere
CURIOUS GEORGE (2006)
DOCTOR SEUSS’ CAT IN THE HAT (1971) – short film – Series Premiere
THE LORAX (1972) – short film – Series Premiere

Netflix
THE BREADWINNER (2017) – Series Premiere
HUGO (2011) – Series Premiere
THE LITTLE PRINCE (2015) – Series Premiere
MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (2017) – Series Premiere
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (2017) – Series Premiere
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009) – Series Premiere
THE WILLOUGHBYS (2020) – Series Premiere
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) – Returning favorite
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018) – Series Premiere
Amazon Prime
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011) – Series Premiere
CHARLOTTE’S WEB (1973)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)
THE SECRET OF NIMH (1982)
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIE (2020) – short film – Series Premiere
Disney +
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) – Series Premiere
FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009)
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996) – Series Premiere
PINOCCHIO (1940) – Series Premiere
MARY POPPINS (1964)
QUEEN OF KATWE (2016) – Series Premiere
THE BIG BAD WOLF (1934) – short film
THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANTS (1934) – short film
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE (1935) – short film
TOBY TORTOISE RETURNS (1936) – short film
THE UGLY DUCKLING (1939) – short film

About Gateway Film Center:

We believe in the power of movies to strengthen, unite, challenge, and inspire our community. As a nonprofit cinema, we are committed to screening films from around the world within a sustainable business model. We curate an experience where the stories shown on our screens and the artists who create them are treated with respect and appreciation.

Gateway Film Center has served the Columbus community since December 2009. The center has been recognized as Columbus’s best movie theater by every major city publication and as a top-20 North American art house by the Sundance Institute. In 2019, the Film Center screened over 1,000 films, served over 300,000 visitors, and offered over 7,500 complimentary admissions through its community programs.

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