'Jump!' start for Toronto's Sprockets


TORONTO -- The Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for children will unspool U.S. director Helen Hood Scheer's "Jump!" as part of its 11th edition, complete with a live demonstration by competitive jump ropers, organizers said Tuesday.

Scheer's documentary feature about teenagers training for the world jump-rope championships will be one of 26 features among a 68-film lineup to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's kids edition April 12-18.

The full lineup, unveiled Tuesday, includes Danish director Charlotte Sachs Bostrup's "Karla's World," Iranian helmer Gholam-Reza Ramezani's "Standing Alone" and German filmmaker Hayo Freitag's "The Three Robbers."

Other U.S. movies bound for Sprockets includes Devin Bell's "Crank Balls," Logan Smalley's "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life," David Levy's "Good Morning" and Todd Kessler's "Keith."

Sprockets, which annually features a healthy offering from Western Europe, particularly Scandinavia, also will unspool Arne Lindner Naess's "SOS – Summer of Suspense" from Norway, and Swedish filmmaker Petter Naess' "Leaps & Bounds."

The festival will additionally feature 30 non-English-language films with subtitles to be read aloud for the benefit of young audiences.

The Sprockets lineup is the first Elizabeth Muskala and Allen Braude were named co-directors to replace festival founder and director Jane Schoettle after her promotion into a programming position at the Toronto International Film Festival.