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Story & Pictures By

Directed by Joanna Rudnick

USA | Documentary | 84

5 Nov
Sun, Nov 5, 2023 at 10:00 am PT

Guests Expected

Director Joanna Rudnick and subject/author/illustrator Christian Robinson are expected to attend.


Children’s picture books have brought creativity, joy, and a deeper understanding of the world equipped for all ages. Story & Pictures By presents the history of children’s literature and how it has been a tool to both present a mirror of society and a dream of a limitless future. We follow three authors—Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Mac Barnett—who are pushing boundaries while also being at the forefront of a current “golden age” where stories and protagonists have greater diversity and broader representation. These authors reveal the magic and complexity of life by exploring topics of immigration, LGBTQ rights, race, incarceration, and class. Using charming animation and rare archival interviews of beloved authors, viewers will be delighted to rediscover timeless classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon in a new and dynamic light. Come enjoy with the whole family!


Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Director Joanna Rudnick

Joanna Rudnick is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and producer based in the Bay Area. Joanna spent a decade working for Kartemquin Films and produced Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (2011) and Prisoner of Her Past (2010). Her directorial debut In the Family (2008) was broadcasted nationally on PBS and nominated for an Emmy award. Recent work includes On Beauty (2017) and Crossfire Hurricane (2012).

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 84

Country USA, Mexico

Director Joanna Rudnick

Executive Producer Jenifer Westphal Joe Plummer, Hallee Adelman, Shizuka Asakawa, Ken Pelletier, James Costa, Melissa Sage Fadim, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Brenda Robinson, Gordon Quinn Co-executive Producers: Jamie Wolf, Nathalie Seaver & Samantha Berger

Producer Joanna Rudnick, Tim Horsburgh, Korelan Matteson

Editor Eli Olson and Davon Ramos

Cinematographer Robin Mortarotti

Music William Ryan Fritch

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screening.

Audio Description Closed captions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.