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A Spark Story

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Aspiring directors share their diverse views to make movies.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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This career-inspiring documentary offers sound vocational advice for opportunities to make movies. "We started the SparkShorts program because we didn't know what kind of talents we were skipping over by not giving people a chance to tell their story," notes A Spark Story's Pete Docter, Pixar Chief Creative Officer and director of the Oscar-winning animated film Soul.

Pixar BIPOC story artists Aphton Corbin (Soul) and Louis Gonzales (The Incredibles) take part in the program with the chance to become directors. "Growing up, I always loved animation and cartoons, especially Disney cartoons," says Aphton, who enrolled in a high school animation class. "Seeing drawing come to life grabbed me." For Louis, "stories honor life. They honor people. When I tell stories, I'm honoring my family and friends. That's something that I love." The priceless portraits of passion shared by the gifted filmmakers in A Spark Story make this film a valuable viewing session for kids and parents alike.

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