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Doors open 5:30PM | Film Starts 6PM


Event Info

No Small Matter is built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences. We meet parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools in both the film and the ​No Small Matter campaign: Change is necessary, critical, and attainable if we put our minds to it.

The film is also firmly grounded in science, opening up the “black box” of what’s happening inside children’s brains with exciting, stimulating animation and the voices of compelling scientists, physicians, and ECE experts. Using findings from message framing reports (Frameworks Institute), behavioral economists such as James Heckman, and the latest research in brain imaging and child development, we break down complicated scientific details into layman’s terms, demystifying prevailing ideas that hinder our thinking about children’s behavior, and paving the way for us all to see what children need more clearly. When it comes to understanding the incredible dynamism of how a child’s mind develops, seeing is believing — from firing neurons to still face experiments — and these illustrations drive home the critical nature of these early years.

Most important of all, the facts and figures in the film must stick with the viewer and drive them to act. From celebrity parent cameos to the “marshmallow test” with Cookie Monster to hilarious moments with the children we meet along the way — all will help ​No Small Matter​ move the viewer in ways that a fact sheet simply cannot.


Become a Film Club Member

As a non-profit organization, the Empress Film Club depends on the loyalty of our members. Members receive free access to screenings and may participate in our film selections and festival planning. Many screenings feature Q&As with film talent, directors and screenwriters. Join our community of engaged and diverse film-lovers as we continue to deliver programs that entertain, enrich and educate. Screenings are generally on the second and/or fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. However, dates and times do vary from month to month, so please check this website for program details.