Discovering Cinematic Reflections & Developing Critical Eyes
Program Developed by TT Stern-Enzi
Film is the most democratic medium for this audience. They are already familiar with the language and the format, plus they are more engaged as viewers (and far more likely to invest in film’s canon than in literature’s). Film is the gateway that could open the cultural floodgates for them, so why not develop a mobile educational film series devoted to exposing this audience to influential cinema and challenging them to find themselves in those dark reflections?
The writing sessions branch out from the questions to broader topics involving commercials, music videos, television, and film with an eye towards not only whether or not the students like what they see, but also delving into how such projects evolve from an idea to the polished narrative productions. Ultimately, the intention always returns to the stories themselves and how students can discover, from watching and critically analyzing these works of art, ways to creatively tell their own stories, in their own words.
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