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We’re All Set!

May 30th, 2012

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Film Festival Recap Video

June 23rd, 2011


One of my former 7th grade English students, Nic Weinfeld, created this cool recap video using footage he shot during our recent film festival. Nic will be a senior in high school this year at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy High School in Michigan. Nic left one of our local high schools to go to school at Interlochen so he could study film. I think Nic was able to capture the excitement and energy from our film festival in this 60-second recap video. Great job Nic. Thanks!

Standing Room Only

June 19th, 2011


Our third annual film festival was almost two weeks ago and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. The podcast above was created by Bob Madigan from the radio station WTOP, 103.5 FM. It was nice of Mr. Madigan to take the time to come check out our film festival this year. Thanks Mr. Madigan!
Captive AudienceOnce again, we filled up the 400-seat theatre at the American Film Institute. It’s a real honor to be able to screen our middle school films in such an amazing movie house. We showed documentaries, silent films, a collection of short scenes, a few animations, and some of the short movies students created. The festival could have been twice as long.
Captive AudienceThe one comment I hear each year from people who attend the festival is how surprised they are at the quality of the work. This year was no different. The students were glowing with satisfaction from having their films played on the big screen. We also were able to raise over $1,700 for our annual fundraiser. After we donate $500 to AFI, we still have plenty of money left over for more crazy projects next year.

Here’s one of the many films that made a big impression at our film festival this year, Can’t Let You Go:
Check out our website, Watch Out!, to see more of the films from this year. Thanks to all the students, parents, and other school staff members who helped make our third annual film festival a success. It’s a TON of work organizing this film festival each year, but it’s definitely worth it.

We’re Almost Ready

June 5th, 2011

Film Festival GraphicWe’re almost ready for our 3rd annual film festival coming up this Tuesday at AFI. We’re screening close to two full hours of student-created films from the school year. Here’s our to-do list for Monday:

  • create the $500 presentation check to AFI
  • create concession sales posters
  • finalize student helper lists
  • contact all parent volunteers
  • complete the film festival program and print them all (how many?)
  • create small “Please Donate” signs for our donation jars

That’s all I can think of for now.

We Live in a World of Cinema

May 30th, 2011


A few of my 7th grade students created this remix of the classic scene from A Few Good Men last week. We’re going to use this clip as part of the introduction for our 3rd annual film festival coming up on June 7th. We were brainstorming possible famous scenes to remix when someone came up with this one. We quickly youtubed it (is that a word?) and thought immediately that it would work for our remix purposes. It actually only took them about an hour and a half to pull this off. I was pretty impressed.
AFIWe’re having our film festival at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center again this year. We just about filled up the large 400-seat theatre last year with students, parents, friends and other invited guests from the community.

Hopefully, we’ll fill it up again this year. The festival is about a week away and we still have quite a bit of work left to do to get ready.

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