44 Pages

AIGA at Speed Cinema

44 Pages
Directed by Tony Shaff

Thursday, September 14, 7 pm

$9/$7 Speed and AIGA members

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“A must-see for all ages.” —Tracee Bond, Irish Film Critic

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 in 1946, the publication is still family-run, despite personal tragedies and financial roadblocks along the way.

Print media is suffering due to competition with online content, with kids using tablets and smartphones, forcing Highlights to 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. 2017, U.S., DCP, 97 minutes. Recommended for 12+.

Co-presented with AIGA Louisville.