AIFF Learn is all about expanding appreciation of Independent film across every demographic. One of the ways we do this is by offering special matinees to elementary and secondary school groups. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sending information to teachers who then select the best age-appropriate films, arrange school bus transportation, or prep students for a group walk to Ashland Street Cinema – all for a unique indie-film experience en masse.
AIFF supports teachers by providing study guides to help students explore more deeply on their own, both before and after they attend the matinees. Because these films fulfill elements of Oregon’s Common Core Educational Standards, this year AIFF Learn is offering classroom visits to give students a better understanding of the films they are seeing and to help teachers build their own curriculum.
This year, our youngest audiences will see some amazing animated shorts from the U.S., Russia, South Africa, France, and Switzerland. There will even be a documentary short from Australia called The Pen Licence, which follows a group of young school kids struggling to earn their “licence” to write with a pen.
Middle-schoolers will also find plenty to excite them, beginning with the more adolescent-centric Kid Flicks 2 collection--several animated shorts, along with narrative shorts celebrating themes of diversity, and exploring issues of community and sharing. The short doc JessZilla, is about a teenage female boxer with Olympic aspirations; a docu-comedy entitled The Field Guide to Being a 12 Year Old Girl champions individuality.
Ashland Middle School 6th grade teacher Wendy Werthaiser said it best: “I want my students to engage in active listening. When I take them to see AIFF films, they begin to see that film is art . . . and they begin to see a film’s connection to their own lives.”
This season we’ll also be offering a program of the winners of the NASA-sponsored CineSpace Short Film Competition (followed by a Q&A with visiting NASA representative Dan Jacobs) and we’ll be rolling some classic silent comedies from a century ago, featuring the musical accompaniment of renowned musician/composer Donald Sosin.
If you know a teacher who might want to bring a classroom of students to AIFF Student Matinees, please encourage them to contact us at email@example.com as we will book those theaters soon!