FILMMAKERS GO TO SCHOOL

Photos © Tommy Lau Photography

CFI Education’s Filmmakers Go to School (FGTS) program connects elementary, middle, and high school students with filmmakers from around the world by coordinating onsite visits to classrooms throughout the Bay Area.

Through FGTS, students get the unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and engage in in-depth discussions about their work within the small-group classroom setting. At the same time, filmmakers get the chance to share their work with young audiences and talk with them more informally about the art, craft, and business of filmmaking.

Until now, FGTS has been limited to filmmakers attending the annual Mill Valley Film Festival. For 2020, we are excited to expand FGTS to a year-round program in order to serve more schools and students who may not be able to attend our programs at the theater.

UPCOMING PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

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THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION

GUEST: EDUCATOR/ACTIVIST ERICKA HUGGINS, FORMER BLACK PANTHER PARTY MEMBER
GRADE 6 AND UP

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multi-ethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians. In English. Director Ray Santisteban. 55 min.

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COLLISIONS

GUEST: DIRECTOR RICHARD LEVIEN
GRADE 9 AND UP

Twelve-year-old Itan’s promising life in San Francisco is turned upside down when she comes home from school, with her younger brother, to find her apartment ransacked and her mother taken away by immigration police. Suddenly she must rely on her estranged uncle, a big rig truck driver. Itan manipulates him into taking them across the country in his truck, trying to find her mother and stop her deportation. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Richard Levien. 82 mins.

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PAHOKEE

GUEST: PRODUCER MAIDA LYNN
GRADE 6 AND UP

In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year. In English. Directors Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan. 110 min.

If you are interested in having your school or class take part in the FGTS program with a visit from a local or guest filmmaker, please contact our Education Outreach Manager, Shakira Refos, at [email protected].