A film screening and written review program for middle school and high school students. Students will screen appropriately selected engaging short films and scenes from films that may be commonly used in school or at-home favorites to illustrate what makes the film great. Through better understanding of the editing, cinematography, writing, acting, and other crafts of the filmmaking experience, students can work to ask more engaging questions regarding the art of filmmaking and practice writing their own informed film reviews. As the festival approaches, youthFEST short films will also be screened and students will write be given the chance further to write thoughtful reviews. Winning Classroom Critic reviews will be published in The Observer and our quarterly Member Newsletter. This curriculum is structured closely to successful educational film criticism programs at foundations and institutions such as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Seattle International Film Festival; Edutopia, and higher-education film studies courses around the world.
SEE JANE STUDIO
In partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the See Jane Studio is a program that challenges middle school students to be responsible, conscious content creators as they learn about gender representations in media while writing and producing their own short films.
This program is an opportunity for young boys and girls to engage in conversations about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models, and scripting a wide variety of female characters in the entertainment and media that influences them and their peers.