New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival Announces 2016 Jury

EVENT RUNS FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 20

SLATE PREVIEW:
THE BOY AND THE BEAST – OPENING NIGHT, SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING
THE IDOL – CLOSING DAY FILM
THE LITTLE PRINCE – SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

2016 JURY INCLUDES:
SOFIA COPPOLA, GEENA DAVIS, MATTHEW MODINE, JULIANNE MOORE,
BILL PLYMPTON, SUSAN SARANDON, CHRISTINE VACHON,
GUS VAN SANT, JEFFREY WRIGHT

NEW YORK (January 20, 2016) – The critically acclaimed New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has announced its 2016 jury and slate preview for the upcoming event, which runs February 26-March 20 at New York’s Bow Tie Chelsea, DGA Theater, IFC Center, Museum of the Moving Image, Scandinavia House, SVA Theatre, and Village East Cinemas. Now in its 19th year, the Festival is the nation’s largest for children and teens and will present all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 30 countries. The complete festival lineup will be announced on January 26 and tickets for the festival will go on sale at www.nyicff.org.

Dear 6-Year Old Self, It’s Me, Present Day Self

This is a throwback blog post as I attempt to write to myself when I was 6.  No time machine or app or streaming service to make it easier. If you get lost in 1980, enjoy the Miracle on Ice. So to summarize, 2016 Michael is writing to 1980 Michael. Hope this doesn’t hurt your brain. Also, selfies did not exist.

Hello, it’s me.

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in Corunna dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

Untitled design

Hey, you are 6, you have no idea what that quote was. Most likely you can’t even read it. But if you are like my current 6-year old, you are giving a good try. Yes, I have a 6-year old. Hard to believe right? The scary thing is, he is a mini-me (us). He is taller than average, silly and already understands sarcasm a bit. He is shy on the outside, but chatty once you get to know him. You don’t know this yes, but that is you (me). Wow confusing. I would drop a Lost reference, but you won’t get it.

#NewYearNewView For The Like A Dad Family

For anyone who knows our family, we like to do major things in bunches and then have a period of quiet. 2016 already looks like we are coming out of a quiet period. It’s going to be a crazy, wild and fun year ahead for the family. So when we are not stapled to the couch watching Netflix, there are a few goals we have planned for the upcoming 12 months. I already listed my personal ones, but here are a few that we are going to try as a family.

  • Expand our diets by trying new foods with the kids.
  • Get back to the kids eating the foods they used to.
  • Get back to putting the boys in enrolled activities.
  • Try to have our first real family summer vacation.
  • For mom and dad, to be more aware of screen time (personally and for boys).
  • Storing things in the place they are supposed to go.

My #2015bestnine sums up my life pretty good. Meat and kids.

A photo posted by Like A Dad (@likeadad) on

Things I Aim To Do In 2016 Like A Dad

When a year comes to an end, everyone is taking a look back and what they did or didn’t do over the last 12 months. Then, they look ahead, making lists of what they want to do in the future. The changing of the calendar to 2016 is a great time to start fresh. To take stock of life and make some goals for the next 365 days. I have never been one for resolutions, but I do like to have a few goals on the go, even if I don’t express them.

Happy new year one and all.

A photo posted by Like A Dad (@likeadad) on

But as someone who works in marketing, setting benchmarks is the only way to really measure success and failure. I read a great post from fellow dad blogger, Casey Palmer, where he lists in great detail, his goals for the year. So, I figured I could do the same, but in fewer words.