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Krasl Art Center to Host Flick-or-Treat & Pumpkin Walk on Halloween

Krasl Art Center (KAC) and the Coastline Children’s Film Festival (CCFF) have combined forces this fall for ‘Flick-or-Treat.’ On October 31 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, the community is invited to participate in a pumpkin walk and enjoy projected silent films with a live piano accompaniment from Dr. Larry Shanker on KAC’s grounds. A $2 suggested donation will support CCFF and KAC. Guests will be required to adhere to Social Distancing requirements and wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose when not seated. Lawn space is limited – blankets only, please. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on November 1 and be shared at krasl.org and on both organizations’ Facebook pages.

Calling all Pumpkin Artists!
Be a part of the event and showcase YOUR carved or decorated pumpkin to a Community Pumpkin Walk on view Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Simply bring your decorated pumpkin(s) to KAC for a contactless drop-of on Friday, October 30 between 9 AM & 5 PM, and we’ll take care of the rest! The display will be illuminated from 6 – 9:30 PM. Participants may pick-up their pumpkins on Nov. 2 before 5 PM, if desired.

Guests will start the film screenings with 9 classic silent short films accompanied by an improvisational piano performance by Dr. Larry Shanker, Executive Director and Music Specialist for the Brookview Montessori School. Films include: The Black Imp/Le Diable Noir, 1905, France, 4 min.; Charley Bowers—There it Is. 1928, USA, 19 min.; Felix the Cat Switches Witches (1927, USA, 7 min); The Haunted Castle (1896, France, 3 min.); Mickey Mouse-The Haunted House (1929, USA, 6.5 min.); Mickey Mouse-The Mad Doctor (1933, USA, 6.5 min.); Mickey Mouse – The Skeleton Dance (1929, USA, 5.5 min.); The Portrait (1915, Russia, 8 min. Ages 10 and up). For full film descriptions, visit krasl.org/events/flick-or-treat

The Feature film of the evening is Filibus: The Mysterious Air Pirate (1915, Italy, 71 min. Ages 10 and up). Directed by Mario Roncoroni and scripted by future science fiction author Giovanni Bertinetti, Filibus is the most exciting, witty, feminist, steampunk, cross-dressing aviatrix thriller you will ever see! Previously seen in a badly subtitled, imperfect version, Filibus was recently remastered by the Eye Film museum, restoring the film’s marvelous range of Desmet tinting and toning in the original nitrate material. The famed Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and Donald Sosin have created two new stunning scores. Silent-era filmmakers produced masterpieces that can seem breathtakingly modern. It is through these early films that the world first came to love movies and learned how to appreciate them as art.

Red Arrow Roasters will be on site offering delicious hot chocolate and coffee.

Looking for a pumpkin? On a first-come-first-served basis, the community can pick up paint and miniature pumpkins on October 11 & 12 from 11 AM – 5 PM as part of KAC’s Family Day & Night Fundles. Or visit local farms and pumpkin patches to pick up your perfect orange canvas!

Flick or Treat 2020 is underwritten by 1st Source Bank and the Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Foundation. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program administered by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

About Krasl Art Center:
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.

About Coastline Children’s Film Festival:
The mission of the Coastline Children’s Film Festival is to bring quality, independent films and animation for children & young adults to Berrien County and present them on the big screen as shared theatrical experiences for families and the community. CCFF’s anchor event is a 10-day, annual March film festival presented at locations throughout SW Michigan and NW Indiana.