Sandburg's Arithmetic

A playful interpretation of Carl Sandburg's poem "Arithmetic" includes a joyful and musical reading by the poet himself.

Premiere Date
February 3, 1998
Length
6 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1995 Cinanima International Animation Festival, Espinho, Portugal-Honarable Mention Award, Children & Youth
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    1995 Annecy International Film Festival-Special Distinction Award for Education and Humor
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    1996 Columbus International Film & Video Festival-Chris Award, Best of the Humanities,
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    1996 Black Maria Film & Video Festival-Jurors' Citation
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    1996 CINE/Eastman Kodak Funding Panel-Golden Eagle
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    1996 USA Film Festival-Finalist
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    1996 Bombay International Film Festival-First Prize, Best Animated Film
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    1996 National Educational Media Network-Gold Apple, Adaptations & Original Narratives
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    1996 WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival-Gold Award, Animated Short Subjects/Films-Videos
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    1996 WorldFest - Charleston International Film Festival-Silver Award, Adaptations & Original Narratives,
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    1996 Telluride Film Festival-Special Citation Award, Kidz Kino
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    1997 Humboldt International Film Festival-Best Animated Film
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    1997 Cleveland International Film Festival-Best Women's Short Film
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    1997 Chicago International Film Festival-Gold Camera Award, First Place General Education
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    1997 Festival of Nations, Austria-Silver Bear Award
  • Producer

    Lynn Smith

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    The Film

    An animated film interpretation of Carl Sandburg's poem "Arithmetic" using crayon drawings on glass. The poet himself delivers a joyful and musical reading, which playfully encourages children to think of math and numbers as part of their every day world. Sandburg reminds us all that though there may be right and wrong answers in arithmetic, such is not always the case in poetry or in life. Previously broadcast as part of the four-part ITVS series Animated Women.

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