Fair Haven, NJ – Currently enjoying wide acclaim across the greater New York area, Small Factory Flicks, cartoons created for kids by kids, are entertaining families Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. on NYC life, the official network for the City of New York. On February 17, 2011, at a televised press conference at The City University of New York, Small Factory Flicks were presented with an Emmy® Award Nomination for children's programming by The New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY NATAS). Small Factory Flicks have been described by parents and educators as pure, creative fun with a dose of healthy guidance for learning life's difficult lessons.
The 54th Annual Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Small Factory Productions, creators of Small Factory Flicks, is thrilled to be included in the evening's special program honoring the talents and abilities of those who strive to improve the quality of television.
Chris Dudick, Owner and Founder, Small Factory Productions exclaimed, "It's a huge honor to be nominated for a NY Emmy. Saturday morning cartoons have long been a favorite of kids, and now, with the help of Small Factory Productions, they are actually made by kids. Our team of professional artists, educators and producers help children to create Small Factory Flicks, innovative, animations that are both entertaining and educational. I’d like to thank my partners on this show Sandra Levin, Tim Bennett, Andrew McAllister and Melanie Grisanti for their dedication and hard work!"
Small Factory Flicks are produced at Small Factory Productions, a state-of-the-art animation and production studio located in Fair Haven, NJ. The Small Factory team uses curriculum that meets the National and State Standards for Language Arts Literacy and Performing Arts to help kids create characters, develop stories, write scripts, cast characters, record voices, and create music. Small Factory's adult professionals provide the necessary support and technical expertise while respecting and celebrating a kid's individual, creative voice. Small Factory has worked with over 30 public/private schools across the NY/NJ region. When a child's creativity is successfully nurtured, the possibilities for growth and education are endless!
Stars are born! Kylin Lamar-McCastle, 13, from Fair Haven, NJ and Molly Siciliano, 10, from Red Bank, NJ, introduce Small Factory Flicks to New York! Photo credit: Chris Dudick.
Who better to host Small Factory Flicks and introduce each cartoon than the kids themselves? The show's assistant producers and hosts, Kylin Lamar-McCastle, 13, from Fair Haven, NJ and Molly Siciliano, 10, from Red Bank, NJ awaken kids every Saturday to a fun-filled animated morning. Writers, artists, producers, and directors, ages 4 to 12, are key to the star-studded success of Small Factory Flicks.
“It’s a once in a lifetime chance and I feel really good," said Molly Siciliano, age 10, Host/Assistant Producer, Small Factory Flicks. "All the kids should be really excited! It’s so awesome!”
The Emmy Nominated episode of Small Factory Flicks, aired on NYC life on May 12, 2010 and featured 8 original animations created by third and fourth graders, from the Achievement First East New York Charter School in Brooklyn, New York.
Small Factory Production's Create-A-Cartoon program was the inspiration for the Small Factory Flicks TV show. This interactive, educational arts activity is open to children ages 4 to 12 at the Small Factory studio or off-site at homes, businesses, schools, and organizations. Create-A-Cartoon themes often focus on topics affecting children, including world affairs, literacy, nutrition, hygiene, bullying, animal welfare, and environmental advocacy.
Registration is currently open for the Create-A-Cartoon Spring/Summer studio and off-site programs. To celebrate Small Factory Productions' Emmy Nomination, they are offering 10% off individual class registration through May 11, 2011. Use the PROMO CODE: EMMYFORKIDS to redeem. Visit www.mysmallfactory.com or call 732-212-1088 for more information.
About Small Factory Productions
Animator/graphic designer Chris Dudick founded Small Factory Productions, located in his hometown of Fair Haven, NJ, in 2007. While Chris was babysitting his younger cousins, he helped them write and animate their own cartoon and was astonished by the positive impact the project had on the kids. Since then, Small Factory Productions has created a library of more than 200 cartoons produced by more than 1000 children. Programs have expanded to claymation, music lessons and production, acting, videogaming, story telling, social skills for special learners, and kindergarten enrichment. Visit www.mysmallfactory.com or call 732-212-1088 for more information.
About NYC Life
NYC LIFE is one of several standalone television channels operated by NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of New York City. NYC life focuses on arts and culture, entertainment and lifestyles, history and education. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/media.
Each week up to eight locally produced cartoons, created for and by kids, will be featured on Small Factory Flicks, 9 a.m. on NYC life (channel 25 on Verizon Fios, channel 22 on Cablevision and channel 14 on Comcast). Each show will replay on Sundays at 5:30 a.m., Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and on NYC life’s Video On Demand player online at www.nyc.gov/vod.