All posts by ellen reynolds

Media maker, writer, and educator, with a focus on children's documentaries.

T

To Be Real

The richly deserved heaps of accolades festooning Mr. Rogers Neighborhood usually highlights the wonderful work with puppets and make-believe. There's an aspect of the program's design that is firmly, essentially rooted in reality, children's realities. The documentary segments produced for them, through the Neighborhood characters such as all the music segments through Joe Negri's Music ...

R

Real Kids want Real News – for and by them!

For example, Hilde Kate Lisiak, from Selinsgrove, PA., in the grand tradition of Harriet the Spy, takes her reporting duties very seriously. She doesn't understand why people say she couldn't really be interested in being a working journalist because she's just a Kid, and I'm on her side all the way!   Reports show...   News and ...

T

To Be Real

The richly deserved heaps of accolades festooning Mr. Rogers Neighborhood usually highlights the wonderful work with puppets and make-believe. There's an aspect of the program's design that is firmly, essentially rooted in reality, children's realities. The documentary segments produced for them, through the Neighborhood characters such as all the music segments through Joe Negri's Music ...

Real Kids want Real News – for and by them!

For example, Hilde Kate Lisiak, from Selinsgrove, PA., in the grand tradition of Harriet the Spy, takes her reporting duties very seriously. She doesn't understand why people say she couldn't really be interested in being a working journalist because she's just a Kid, and I'm on her side all the way!   Reports show...   News and ...

F

Free to Be You and Me

Can we find a show on the air, on demand, for that matter anywhere, that gives Kids as much encouragement to be themselves and acknowledges their realities as much as "Free To Be You and Me" did?  - cause here we are, 45 Years later, and.... crickets..... !  In the greatly expanded media landscape, I'll bet ...

S

Skinny and Fatty

I rarely watched TV as a child. So maybe it's the rarity of the occasion that made the experience of watching the CBS Children's Film Festival on one particular Sunday afternoon so memorable. "Skinny and Fatty", a film from Japan about two lonely boys, affected me very deeply, and though only 10, I began wondering ...

Welcome!

I'm glad you're here! I hope to find, cultivate, and learn from a community of children's media specialists, doc enthusiasts, makers, teachers and families who all want to see representation of Real kids, Real stories, Real cinematographic excellence on children's screens.