Art & Film ::

Screening of the award-winning short film,

The Go Cart.

September 28th :: 10-11:30a

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning short kids' film, The Go Cart, with director Kailyne R. Waters. 

A lone shopping cart injured and seized for scrap breaks free and navigates a world of danger, changing his fate and bringing happiness to those he encounters.

We'll have Fresh Donuts and fruit, and a craft afterwards where kids can write their own story about bringing an inanimate object to life! 


A morning of art and culture does wonders for a child's imagination. Come make art with us. 

Winner of the Best Shorts Competition ::

Award of Excellence: Children/Family Programming

Kailyne has been fortunate to combine her love for art and stories with her passion for non-profit service. As coordinator for Scenarios USA, she oversaw the development and implementation of a youth-based regional writing contest and the short film MANchild with premiered on Showtime, and as Program Manager for a Media Literacy grant from the Knight Foundation, she collaborated with at-risk teens to create stories which aired on radio and with the PBS affiliate, Ideastream. 

After a successful run, Kailyne’s first short (F MY C) received distribution with Indiepix, ShortsTV Domestic/International, and the prestigious Journal of Short Film. She is currently a Producer/Writer for Amarok Productions, whose last short film, The Painter, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, and screened in Ireland, New York, Chicago, and LA. The Painter, made in cooperation with two Chicago-based youth non-profits, addresses the issues of violence in their communities. The Go Cart, made in conjunction with Film Lore Studios, is Amarok’s second short and again focuses on the lives and perceptions of children and the world around them. 

Director Statement ::

For eight years I traveled several counties assisting persons with disabilities and challenges attempting to navigate the Medicaid process. Faced with mounting bills and low on resources, they sought help to lessen the financial burden of medical expenses. Although I sometimes traveled 100 miles a day in many directions, I often drove down one long stretch of road connecting three cities. It was along this road I would see the abandoned shopping carts as I thought about the patients I was visiting, and how they related stories of feeling isolated and neglected by a system charged with caring for them. 

The cart, a metaphor for those who travel without a home, also embodies the idea of motion; of moving about a landscape in search of something more meaningful on a path less traveled. It also indicates the frailty of our lives; and how often we are set aside when we are no longer wanted or needed, or when we are perceived to be too different to fit in.

My thoughts soon turned to the visual of the cart - stationed quietly in neat rows in an entryway of a grocery store; near the back of a parking lot, flipped on its side, or abandoned on an empty street corner. What if one of them decided to take a chance and defy his fate? The Go Cart was born. 

I dedicate the film and its message to all those who have felt forgotten or bullied. The story is about finding the courage to continue on and to find your own path despite any obstacles. Regardless of the outcome or the stopping point, ultimately it is the process, the journey that best serves humanity, and keeps you true to yourself.

For more information, please refer to The Go Cart's website.

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