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SAVE THE DATES • MAY 5-13, 2022

DocLands Education offers FREE live and virtual field trips for students around the Bay Area and across the country to attend the 6th annual DocLands Documentary Film Festival.

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • In-theater and online documentary film screenings for grades 5-12, with feature and short films curated from the festival program
  • A selection of environmental films presented in tandem with CFI Education’s Environmental Youth Forum, with an emphasis on youth activism
  • Live (in-theater) and pre-recorded (online) Q&As with filmmakers, film subjects, and subject experts
  • Curriculum resources for teachers and students, including lesson plans, discussion guides, and activity and activism toolkits
  • In-person and virtual Filmmakers Go to School visits to classrooms for festival filmmakers from around the world to meet and speak with students in real-time

IN-THEATER SCREENINGS: May 5, 6 & 9
Please register by April 29 to secure seats for in-theater screenings.

We are so excited to welcome school groups back to the theater for the first time since 2019! All in-person screenings will take place at the Smith Rafael Film Center in downtown San Rafael. We encourage schools within walking distance of the Rafael Film Center, or with access to private or public transportation, to attend in person.

COVID POLICIES & PROTOCOLS:

    • Vaccinations will not be required to attend, but all students and teachers must wear masks while inside the theater.
    • Concessions will not be available, and students will not be allowed to eat in the theater, so please plan your lunch needs accordingly.
    • To create the safest environment, we will be using all three of our theaters and staggering screening start times to allow for distancing between groups from separate schools.
    • Our theater staff will be cleaning and disinfecting the theaters between screenings.

ONLINE SCREENINGS: May 5-13

The online DocLands Education experience is easy to navigate, with flexibility for when to view films and Q&As. All films are available for streaming from May 5-13. All of the pre-recorded Q&As and curriculum resources will all be available to you indefinitely on the CFI Education Online platform. Once you log in to the CFI Education Online platform for your virtual field trip, you and your students will have free access to your selected film(s), the pre-recorded Q&A(s), and the curriculum resources all in one place.

There are capacity limits on all films, so we encourage you to register early. When reviewing your film screening options, please note that some online programs are available to schools in California only.

FILMMAKERS GO TO SCHOOL
For a more interactive festival experience, we’ll also be offering our Filmmakers Go to School program, connecting festival filmmakers with your students in real time to discuss and answer questions about their film and the art and craft of filmmaking. We will be offering both in-school visits to classrooms and virtual visits on Zoom, depending on your school schedule and location. For more information about the program, email Education Outreach Manager Shakira Refos at [email protected].

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in our first annual DocLands Education program in May 2021! We had a great time sharing our curated selection of free screenings from the DocLands Documentary Film Festival program with almost 3,000 students from over 51 schools around the country. Featuring 10 different film programs for grades 4–12, the 2021 DocLands Education program was presented virtually on our CFI Education Online platform and explored a wide range of subjects from climate change to restorative justice to the college admissions process. More than a dozen filmmaker guests from around the world took part in our Filmmakers Go to School Virtual Visits with hundreds more students from schools across the country.

DocLands Education conversation with THE MISSFITS Director Ellie Wen and Film Subjects Emma Bethel and Maddie Woo, and PIGEON GIRL Director Whitney Legge and Film Subject Maryam, moderated by CFI Director of Education Joanne Parsont.

This program is so important for the enrichment of our students, and I was very pleased with how easy it was for all of my students to participate.
— Teacher, Holy Names High School

I learned that there are a lot of amazing things about the world.
— 
Student, Aptos Middle School

DOCLANDS EDUCATION IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM

NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION