Magazine documentary comes to Columbus

If you’ve ever wondered how Hidden Pictures, Goofus and Gallant and other kid-friendly content lands on the pages of Highlights each month, a new documentary takes movie-goers behind the scenes of the children’s publishing business.

“44 Pages,” directed by Tony Shaff, follows the creation of the 70th anniversary issue of the magazine, which is published by Columbus-based Highlights for Children Inc. Shaff, who read Highlights as a child, also directed the 2014 documentary “Hotline” and worked on MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” series.

Highlights, which debuted in June 1946, publishes a 44-page, ad-free monthly print issue and has grown over the years to include companion titles and digital offerings.

The 97-minute film, which has made several stops on the festival circuit, has not been rated by the MPAA. The movie will be shown Aug. 31, Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 at Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St.

The Sept. 2 screening will be preceded at 2 p.m. with special activities by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Barnes & Noble. A limited number of signed anniversary issues will be available. The movie will be followed by a talk with producer Rebecca Green and Highlights for Children CEO Kent Johnson.  

For more information, go to 44pages.com or gatewayfilmcenter.org/44-pages.