Lincoln Park's Facets Multimedia has long been a force for good in Chicago’s local film scene. In addition to being a movie theater, video store and DVD distributor, it has also played host to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival for over 30 years, making it the longest running festival of its kind. During this time, the CICFF has screened over 8,000 short and feature-length films from around the world.
Facets has recently brought its innovative approach to children’s film programming into the new-media age with the development of the Facets Kids App, a subscription-based service that will allow children to stream age-appropriate movies from Facets’ vast library of independent and foreign films. The Facets Kids App was the brainchild of Facets founder and director Milos Stehlik, who raised the funds to develop it via a successful Kickstarter campaign last November. Facets plans on making a whopping 1,000 films available via the app, which makes it not just a healthy alternative to other streaming services but also the only child-specific film app on the market.
In an era when children are spending an unprecedented amount of time in front of “screens,” parents would do well to check out the Facets Kids App.