HONESDALE - “44 PAGES,” a 90-minute documentary chronicling the history, process and philosophy behind the Highlights brand and the most-read children’s magazine in North America, is coming to Honesdale’s Cinema 6 Theater.
The global children’s brand is a household name worldwide and especially in Honesdale, the original Highlights editing headquarters. The film, directed by Tony Shaff, follows the creation of the 70th anniversary issue of Highlights, and explores how this essential part of childhood is not only still relevant, but thriving in today’s digital world.
The heartwarming documentary provides a much-deserved spotlight on the unique Highlights story, introducing viewers to the lovable and quirky cast of characters who thoughtfully produce the magazine each month for their young readers. “44 PAGES” premiered on the film festival circuit earlier this spring, garnering positive reviews, and is now touring across the country making stops in select cities for screenings and events.
“44 PAGES” will make its hometown debut at Cinema 6 on September 15th and will run through September 21st, 2017.
A special community event screening will be held Saturday, September 16th starting at 9 a.m., in partnership with Highlights For Children. The event will include Highlights giveaways and activities, while supplies last, and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and Highlights editors.
Following the film screening, attendees can enjoy a talk-back discussion with Director Tony Shaff and Highlights for Children editors. Attendees are encouraged to stay and ask questions about the documentary and Highlights.
Here are the show times each day at Honesdale Cinema 6:
Friday Sept. 15 1 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 16 10 a.m.
Monday Sept. 18 through Thursday Sept. 21, daily at 1 p.m.
“My inspiration for the film came after seeing the kids in my life put down the tablets they were playing with and pick up their Highlights magazine when it arrived in the mail. I thought to myself, how can a print magazine that I used to read as a child still capture the attention of today’s children?” shared Shaff. “I was a Highlights kid myself, and when I started looking at the magazine after so many years, I still felt there was something familiar about it. I was overwhelmed with nostalgia and wanted to dive deeper into the Highlights brand and discover how they have remained relevant for so many generations of kids.”
“When Tony approached us about making the documentary, we encouraged him to tell the story he wanted to tell. We saw it as a rare opportunity to share in an incredible way, our history and our mission to help children become their best selves,” said Kent S. Johnson, CEO, Highlights for Children. “We’re excited that Tony is giving families an inside-look at how our content is developed, as well as the time, thought and care we put into every one of the 44 pages of Highlights, indicative of the attention that goes into the creation of all of our product experiences—whether it be our magazines, books, apps, and club products, sold through subscriptions or at retail.
Highlights For Children was started in 1946 by Dr. Garry Cleveland Myers and his wife, Caroline Clark Myers in Honesdale, Pa. where the headquarters has remained.
Highlights is a beloved global media brand dedicated to helping children become curious, creative, caring and confident™ through engaging content and experiences that are focused on nurturing and developing the whole child.
Through stories, poems, puzzles, jokes/riddles, science experiments, and art activities kids are encouraged to think, problem solve, and build their literacy skills, all while having fun. Essential to childhood, Highlights reaches children 0-12 with their most popular magazines (Hello™, High Five™, Highlights™), digital apps, and books that include classic favorites like Hidden Pictures® puzzles, Goofus and Gallant™, Dear Highlights letters and more.
Because Highlights offerings may be print or digital, purchased through subscriptions or at retail, kids can engage with Highlights anytime, anywhere. To learn more and connect with Highlights visit Highlights.com, HighlightsKids.com, Facebook.com/HighlightsForChildren, Twitter.com/Highlights, Pinterest.com/FunWithAPurpose and Instagram.com/HighlightsForChildren.
About “44 PAGES”
A portrait of Highlights magazine, following the creation of the cultural phenomenon’s 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for “the world’s most important people”…children. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned.
Family owned since its inception in 1946 and never containing a single advertisement, Highlights stands alone in the magazine publishing world. From the baby boom generation to the tech savvy kids of today, Highlights has been a staple in American society, with over a billion issues delivered to children around the world. Connect with “44 PAGES” at 44pages.com, Facebook.com/44pagesdoc or Twitter.com/44pagesdoc.
For a list of show dates at times at the Gateway Film Center or other screenings and events across the country visit 44Pages.com/Screenings.
For more information about Highlights or the “44 PAGES” screening, please visit, Highlights.com or 44pages.com. View a sneak peek of the film at: https://vimeo.com/206756104.
44 PAGES is also on Facebook.