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        A FUTURE-ORIENTED MEDIA LITERACY CURRICULUM

Technology has created a media culture that values popular opinion over critical thought.  Teaching media literacy in film class is about creating an awareness among a new generation of students  who often believe (whether they're aware of it or not) that successful people are the ones with the most followers.  Ideal leaders use critical thinking as a foundation for understanding media, creating media and collaborating with others.   We reflect on the media that entertains us and the media (films) that we create using the the latest technology that is (or will be) accessible to most students .   Film class is merely a launching point for students to go on a more provocative and thoughtful journey into today's participatory media landscape.

 

A model that emphasizes group work, storytelling, creativity and a student-led environment is applied in the classroom.  Through a hands-on film  program that teaches critical thinking,  perseverance, creative output and collaborative thinking, students create films from beginning to end.  Students are first introduced to the basic shots and strategies that movie-makers and artists use to tell stories.  Students then generate a concept and use public speaking skills to pitch these ideas to the entire class.

 

The goal is to instill the importance of classical storytelling methods in students.   With the help of The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and the LAUSD Arts Branch, the program teaches visual literacy to encourage active (vs. passive) viewing of media and films.  Students are taught to recognize stereotypes and fallacies.  In addition, collaboration skills are taught to increase the likelihood of success in creative groups and places beyond the classroom.

We took one of the oldest, most depressing classrooms and made it relevant.

Louis de Barraicua

2014 WHITE HOUSE FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST

"THE ADOLESCENT PROBLEM" - THE STARS ARE HIS FAULT

THE ODD CLASS @  MILLIKAN - a SITCOM

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Exploratory Film students do a Skype chat with Terrance Green from Washington D.C. thanks to an organization called Dreamwakers out of NYC.

Los Angeles, California

The kid brother to the LA Film Festival, the Shorts Festival is an internationally recognized and celebrated festival for short films of exceptional caliber.  In 2015, thousands of films were submitted for consideration.  Held in September at the LA Live! Venue (next to the Staples Center), this festival applauds iconic and breakout filmmakers alike with awards, panel discussions and world premieres for shorts from production companies such as Pixar.

 

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REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS.

LOS ANGELES

INTERNATIONAL

CHILDREN'S

FILM FESTIVAL

2015

THE DRAMA GAME

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"The Drama Game" (not posted online due to festival requirements) screens Saturday September 5 at 1 pm at LALIVE! by the Staples Center.  Join industry scouting agents, Mr. D, and an exceptional group of his students.

THE DRAMA GAME

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