Our education initiative focuses on bringing film into the classroom through screenings, discussions, and production, in order to bolster visual literacy learning in neighborhood elementary schools. Funded by a $200,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Film Society has engaged BRIC’s arts education program to partner on the design and implementation of the program. The program has launched in three public elementary schools on the Upper West Side of Manhattan’s Community School District 3, and includes P.S. 191, P.S. 75, and P.S. 163.
The program will serve approximately 500 kindergarten through 5th grade students in year one and grow to serve close to 1,000 students by year three. At each grade level children will screen classics, and new art-house films, followed by discussions, and will make films of their own inspired by these filmmaking techniques. Another integral part of the program includes the Teacher Training Institute, where participating teachers are mentored in the interdisciplinary study of aesthetic appreciation and filmmaking techniques, and use these as a tool for their own classroom practices. The program will culminate in June with a film festival at the Walter Reade Theater at which the children will show their final short films created through the program.
More info: filmlinc.org