Check out these free, family-friendly Kanopy picks for your next movie night! Kanopy has a curated collection which is slightly off the beaten path which means these films tell stories and adventures you may have otherwise missed out on.
ZOO – Based on a true story, 12 year old Tom (Art Parkinson) and his misfit friends fight to save Buster the baby elephant during the air raids on Belfast in 1941.
Winner of the Films4Families Youth Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
TORTILLA SOUP – Three grown sisters, Maribel, Leticia and Carmen try to cope and live with the fact that their father Martin, a veteran chef, is slowly losing his sense of taste. Martin has one simple rule: be at home for Sunday dinner and attendance is both mandatory and non-negotiable. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman sets her sights on Martin’s affections. https://www.kanopy.com/product/tortilla-soup
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS – When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, four children are overjoyed. But when they arrive, they discover they may not be alone and a desperate yet whimsical battle for ownership of the island ensues, where both skill and luck play a hand.
The dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise and intertwine with their lives and the children must ban together, learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship to save a family member. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against a breath-taking island backdrop, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic. https://www.kanopy.com/product/swallows-and-amazons
EAST SIDE SUSHI – This critically acclaimed indie favorite was the winner of awards at 9 different film festivals, including Best Narrative Feature at SF Indie Fest. Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision.
After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the ‘wrong’ race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream. https://www.kanopy.com/product/east-side-sushi
THE GOLD RUSH – Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork–which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as the dance of the dinner rolls and the meal of boiled shoe leather, THE GOLD RUSH is an indelible work of heartwarming hilarity. https://www.kanopy.com/product/gold-rush-1
We hope you enjoy the show and share your favorite family film experiences with us on Facebook!