Each week the folks at Cinema Circus show a series of short films on Wednesday evening at the Chilmark Community center. The films begin at 6 p.m. but the circus gets underway at 5 p.m. An advanced screening of the films was arranged with a young cineaste. This week’s reviewer is W. Tashtego Nagi.

Kitten Witch

Frida is a cat that wants to become a witch’s helper, but she has to gather four ingredients to do it. This film is cute, but rushes through the four challenges. If they would have done two challenges, Frida’s character would have been better overall, with more time for details. Frida’s character is excellent, but the storyboard needed work. The bad thing is that Frida lies and so I don’t recommend this movie as a brave message. 2/5 stars.

Much Better Now

This is a movie about a little bookmark in a book. Wind opens the book and the bookmark flies out. The book becomes the ocean and the bookmark surfs it. The animation was really good and the concept was fun. The message is there are a lot of possibilities with books. If you want a good short, then this film would be excellent for you. 4/5 stars.

The Fruits of Clouds

The movie began with cute little creatures that liked fruit that fell from the sky. One of them went into the dark forest, the rest were too scared. When the creature was brave, it was rewarded greatly and helped the others get rewarded too. This is a film about bravery. Life can be scary sometimes, but if you do the scary thing, sometimes the reward can be bigger than the scare. Sometimes you need to fight your fear. 4/5 stars. 5/5 for bravery!


Toys is a film about a dad wanting a boy, but he got a girl instead. He gave the girl all sorts of toys. The girl didn’t ask for these toys, she just wanted attention, but instead she got an archery set. This movie was hard for me because it was so weird. There were 19 moments that made me feel jumbled up and confused, but you might like it. 1/5 stars.

The review on the reviewer

Name: W. Tashtego Nagi.

Age: 8.

School: Homeschool.

Siblings: No siblings, but two great cousins here, Nate and C.J.

Pets: Two cats, Muta and Soushka.

Something new you are learning: About the Wampanoag culture.

New food you recently tried: Prosciutto.

New place you’d like to explore: The Empire State Building, China and Tokyo.

Favorite thing about Martha’s Vineyard: The beaches are really cool and it’s an Island separated from a big place.

What should people know about you: I like math, stories, hanging out with family and sometimes like playing video games.