Summer Film Series Continues in August at the Box Factory

Summer Film Series Continues in August at the Box Factory - with special performance by local musician Ethan Bowman-Hawkins - in Partnership with Coastline Children’s Film Festival - Liyana (August 16) and Tesoros (August 30)


Coastline Children’s Film Festival is pleased to announce a series of summer film screenings for kids and their families at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph Michigan. The Summer Film Series continues in August with Liyana on August 16th and Tesoros on August 30th. The August 16th screening will include a special performance by local musician Ethan Bowman-Hawkins.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($1 suggested donation)



Directed by Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp (Qatar/Swaziland/USA) Animation/Documentary, 2017 77 min (English/Siswati with English subtitles ) AGES 10+ Info:

This animated African tale about a Swazi girl’s dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional characters’  journeys are interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes celebrating the power of collective storytelling. LIYANA is an uplifting, genre-defying ode to the strength of the human spirit.

NOTE: While sensitively handled, the film deals with challenging family histories and the lingering impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.


In conjunction with the screening of Liyana on August 16th, the Box Factory is pleased to welcome Ethan Bowman-Hawkins for a special performance.

Ethan Bowman-Hawkins is a 16 year old junior attending St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, Michigan. Ethan began composing songs in 7th grade and he now has a portfolio of over 25 songs he written - and a lifetime ahead of him to be inspired to create more! He spends most of his time composing music, acting in school musicals, performing in SJHS Jazz Band and leading his band The Sinisters.  


Music was always Ethan’s first love and at a very young age, he started listening to artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. As years went by, he became heavily inspired by other artists both “New School” and “Old School” like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and The Beatles. He also enjoys a variety of genres like hip pop, jazz, rock, blues, classical, opera, funk and even country.


Ethan competes in Festival and State competitions year round, often winning in his age group.  He performs in many school talent shows receiving great feedback from the audience. He performs both with his band and solo, including a recent solo performance as one of the opening acts at the Coming Home Coming Together Concert in Benton Harbor. Ethan’s future goals as a musician include learning how to play other instruments and performing in front of different audiences.


In his free time, Ethan enjoys participating in track and field, cross country and  swimming.



Directed by Maria Novaro (Mexico) Live Action, 2017 96 min (Spanish with English subtitles) ALL AGES Trailer:

TESOROS (Spanish for “treasures”) is the wonderful new film by director Maria Novaro (DANZON). Refreshingly told from the children’s perspective, it examines topics from fanciful ideas about finding treasure and exploring new places to social anxiety and fitting in, and is a charming window into the heart of a child’s world.

The action kicks off when a family moves to a small town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and find it hard to assimilate because they are different. Siblings Dylan and Andrea are not excited about the new place and joining the local school, but they slowly settle in and make new friends. Soon, Dylan notices his new city has an uncanny resemblance to a treasure map by pirate Sir Francis Drake. He convinces the entire class that treasure is underfoot, and gets everyone to participate in the search. The slow days of living by the coast, loving families and burgeoning friendships between the children are the real story here. There are many vignettes of children showcasing the many configurations of loving families and many scenes illustrating the peaceful Mexican lifestyle. TESOROS takes us on an enchanting voyage that ends with a find far more precious than a lost pirate’s treasure trove.


The mission of the Coastline Children's Film Festival is to bring high-quality independent films and animation for children and young adults to the area and to present them - on the big screen - as shared theatrical experiences for the whole community. The Box Factory for the Arts, located at 1101 Broad St. (St. Joseph, Michigan) was created in 1995 in a building purchased by the Berrien Artist Guild. Originally an artists’ hang out, it has grown to become a full- service arts space featuring studios, a theatre, reception halls and concert space.


Coastline Children’s Film Festival

P.O. Box 848 Bridgman, MI 49106


For information, call Leslie Sullivan @ 269 757-1491 or


The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visit





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