La Jolla Country Day presents independent film festival for families, June 22-24


From La Jolla Country Day Reports

The Young Leaders Film Festival of independent movies will screen June 22-24 on the campus of La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Ave. For a previews and tickets, call (858)


8792 or visit

A schedule follows below this report.

This year’s festival, called “A Spark In The Dark,” will include a

mix of documentaries and shorts

that are both entertaining and inspirational specifically selected from the Sundance Film Festival and other film festivals to inspire students and their families.

The films will be accompanied by appearances of the filmmakers and other speakers who will lead audience discussions of the films and the issues they bring up. Student short films, specifically created for this festival, will also be included during the three-day gathering.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the remaining feature films will be shown in the Four Flowers Theater on an alternative schedule to allow families at least two opportunities to see each film. Here is the schedule with each film title linked to more background information on each movie:

FRIDAY June 22

6:30 p.m. Opening Night Reception

Feature Film:

Sing Your Song

Ticket $15 (reception and film)


10 a.m. Feature Film:

5 Broken Cameras

1 p.m. Feature Film:

The Hammer

4 p.m. Feature Film:

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

7 p.m. Feature Film:

Musical Chairs

SUNDAY, June 24

10 a.m. Feature Film:

Musical Chairs

1 p.m. Feature Film:

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

4 p.m. Feature Film:

5 Broken Cameras

7 p.m. Features: Sunday Night Shorts
(6 Short films plus Story Corp, films from The 1st Annual LJCDS Student Video and Film Festival plus Special Guests)

Tickets are $7 per film for all ages. Also, Best Friend of Festival Sponsorship Tickets are available: $100 gets a family festival pass, and access to special receptions and listing in festival program.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online


Country Day is presenting this “Spark In The Dark” festival with the assistance of a group of San Diego mothers who were inspired by films screened at the famed Sundance Film Festival as well as other film festivals. They formed Moms With Issues to select and promote viewing of important films that often don’t make it to the theaters.

Music and other art performances will occur throughout the day to entertain families attending more than one film during the festival.