The Educational Screenings Program provides the link between school curricula with the film, video, and print materials AFI can access. Teachers bring their students for free to AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to view films related to their curriculum, engaging them with their academic subject matter while learning critical viewing skills. Each screening includes a reading/lesson with discussion questions, a glossary of film terms, and an assignment customized to the needs of the teachers' objectives. Also, AFI Silver's educational staff will conduct pre- and post-film discussions, as well as a tour of the historic theater.
Metro-area students and their teachers of all grade levels, subject areas and abilities are eligible. To date, more than 100,000 students from greater Washington public and private schools have participated in AFI Silver's Educational Screenings Program.
What AFI Silver will provide:
- An experienced educator and AFI support staff to work with teachers to select an appropriate film and create the lesson support materials such as readings, worksheets, speakers and teaching guides. Each screening is customized to the needs and objectives of the curricular connections.
- The film for screening in one of the three theaters at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
- $200 to offset bus rental fees, if necessary
What the participant provides:
Transportation for students and staff to and from AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. Most screenings are in the mornings beginning at 9 or 10 A.M.
Popular Film Choices:
Language Arts/English - THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, HOLES, LORD OF THE FLIES, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, REAR WINDOW, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, DIGGING TO CHINA, RABBIT PROOF FENCE, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), ...and many film adaptations of Shakespeare.
Social Studies/History - GLORY, 14-18: THE NOISE AND THE FURY, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, NOT ONE LESS, FOG OF WAR, DR. STRANGELOVE
Math - THE STORY OF ONE, STAND AND DELIVER
Science - AFI's VISIONS OF LIGHT, OSMOSIS JONES, FOOD INC., THE COVE
Foreign Language - MANON OF SPRING, JEAN DE FLORETTE, NOT ONE LESS and select films from the AFI Latin American Film Festival and AFI European Union Film Showcase
STUDENT ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
AFI Silver sponsors a year-long environmental filmmaking project in collaboration with local schools and American University's Environmental filmmaking M.F.A. Program. Call 301.495.6720 or e-mail SilverEducation@AFI.com for details of participation.
Fundraising is currently underway to host a week-long animation workshop for middle-school students. This workshop would be free of charge for up to 25 students to learn the fundamentals and techniques of animation, with a showcase of their work at the conclusion of the week. Please contact Grace VanderVeer, Advancement Coordinator, to learn more about financially supporting this pilot program.