Cinema Circus finishes its summer season in Oak Bluffs this Sunday, August 17, from noon to 6 p.m. at Cottagers’ Corner, by Hartford Park. In addition to film screenings, there are filmmaking, acting and tumbling workshops, balloon animals, face painting, and live shows at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. And best of all, everything is free.

The short films for 6 to 9 year olds begin at 12:30 p.m., a feature film for 10 and older screens at 2:45 p.m., and the short films for 2 to 5 year olds begin at 5 p.m., all upstairs at Cottagers’ Corner.

Carlotta Lash Roberts, a 4 year old from Vineyard Haven, reviewed the 2 to 5 year old program, while brothers Ronin (6) and Kane (9) Parsons of Chilmark and Pataluma, Calif., took over for the 6 to 9 year program.

Carlotta first watched a series of minute-long films by Tony Dusko. Her favorite was Ralphie in the Middle. “It was the silliest. I liked the robot who took the ball because he wanted to play with it.” Of Keep Moving, a film about dancing monsters, Carlotta described her own dancing. “I start dancing and I stop. I start dancing and I stop.” Carlotta thought Someone Who Gets You would be a story about being chased. “Like tag, when someone runs after you. Or like a puppy trying to chase his tail.” But instead she realized: “They’re making friends!”

Carlotta also watched Blackout, My Mom Is an Airplane and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Think She Was Extinct.


“They turned the light out because they wanted to have dinner in the dark, or maybe it was somebody’s birthday. If they turn the lights off, people will think it’s sleeping time.”

My Mom Is an Airplane

“Well, it should have been that his mom turned into an airplane. But it wasn’t. It was his mom being an airplane. You could dress up as an airplane. It would be fun to have a mom who is an airplane because then I would get to fly. What if you woke up and I was an airplane? What if you both [referring to the two interviewers] woke up and were both an airplane? Then everyone would be an airplane. And we could try to give the other airplanes rides.”

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who 
Didn’t Think She Was Extinct

“I like the dinosaur one because first the dinosaur didn’t know she was extinct, but then that guy told her the real truth. She was a little bit sad, but then she didn’t mind. She broke into the wall and she made a shadow and then she baked chocolate cookies. And he kept saying ‘Are they ready yet?’ They were friends at the end.”

Ronin and Kane watched Abracadabra!, The Mustache, Warp, Someone Who Gets You, Ms. Todd, Mr. Bingles, Krake, and Corn Fritters and Strawberry Girl.


Kane: “I would say it was good. I liked it. But I wish there was talking. You could see people talking but there was no sound. Well, they had sounds like people walking, but I wish they had talking sounds.”

Ronin: “Kinda good. The magician’s tricks were super weird.”

The Mustache

Ronin: “It was a little bit strange. Really weird.”


Ronin: “The kid kept putting that thing in, making it much stiffer to turn the clock handle. The end broke all into parts because the clock was rewinding.”

Kane: “I thought it was a good one.”

Someone Who Gets You

Kane: “It was funnier and weirder than the mustache one.”

Ronin: “Agreed.”

Ms. Todd

Ronin: “It was kinda good. She built a plane. She put it in a contest.

Kane: “I would just say that I liked the way they did everything — the characters and stuff made out of construction paper. I thought that was interesting. It was good that they talked in it. Apart from that, I would rate it 50/50.”

Mr. Bingles

Kane: “I thought it was really funny. It was probably my favorite. I like seeing puppets doing things. It was kind of creepy how he had a huge smile the whole time. I liked the style.”

Ronin: “It was my favorite, too. I liked the whole thing.”


Kane: “I thought it was pretty good. My second favorite. A kid has an octopus on his head that keeps growing. He didn’t look like he was really trying [to pull the octopus off]. I would pull it off. Or hide it with a hat.”

Ronin: “I thought it was pretty good.”

Corn Fritter & Strawberry Girl

Kane: “0.1 points. And the only reason I gave it a point is because the person made it.”

Ronin: “I give it 2 points. It was funny.”