Olympia Film Society Showcases Miyazaki and More

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS

During the last days of summer, Olympia Film Society makes a special effort to appeal to younger viewers — especially budding cinema fans. On the calendar are three film experiences that will be sentimental for adults and enthralling for children of all ages. First is David Evans’ 1993 cult classic The Sandlot, which Roger Ebert once called “a summer Christmas Story” because of the two films’ similarly nostalgic tone. Second is Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, an early effort by the renowned Studio Ghibli. Finally, there’s the millennial favorite and visual feast Harriet the Spy, hosted by Seattle-based visual artist and designer Mary Anne Carter.

OFS Kids Club: The Sandlot
11 a.m. Saturdays, August 19 and 26
Olympia Farmers Market presents an event free for kids 12 and under. Who can forget that oddly nostalgic film about a group of baseball players and one giant, man-eating dog?

OFS Kids Club: Kiki’s Delivery Service
11 a.m. Saturdays, September 2, 9, 16 and 30
Also presented by Olympia Farmers Market, this is a classic, animated film for all ages, with such timeless themes as growing up, the power of friendship and saving boys from crashing dirigible airships. Kiki is a young witch who finds a new home in a beautiful, seaside town.

Harriet the Spy, hosted by Mary Anne Carter
9 p.m. Friday, September 29
Says OFS film-programming director Rob Patrick, “Harriet the Spy is such a terrifically whimsical, strange and nostalgic part of Nickelodeon culture. For Millennials it’s sort of a bedrock. Mary Anne Carter (is) an amazing visual artist and designer … We wanted to collaborate with someone whose unmistakable style and wonderful personality inspires us. We’re incredibly excited to have Mary Anne (as) host.”

What: Olympia Film Society

Where: Capitol Theater,
206 Fifth Ave. E, Olympia

When: 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays;
2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays;
4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays;
11 a.m. Saturdays

How much: generally $4-$9

Learn more: 360-754-6670 | OFS

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