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05/11/2019

There's still time to register for the FREE workshop with Film Foundation called Democracy on Film. This Thursday/Friday!

04/26/2019
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Registration is still open for theDemocracy on Film Workshop for DMV public and private school teachers. FREE!!!http://www.afi.com/silver/SilverEd/DOF-Workshop-Flyer-AFI-Link.pdf

03/08/2019
Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film

We are hosting a screening for the young filmmakers who will receive the first Better Angels Award in October. However, this new award has just been announced and may be of interest to filmmakers:
The Better Angels Society and the Library of Congress launched the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film this week It's an annual national award bestowed by the Library of Congress for exemplary late stage feature history documentary film projects. The Associated Press announced it here. Spread the news of this opportunity and reach filmmakers who can apply to be considered for this prestigious award.

Video of Ken Burns talking about why this Prize matters at this time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3nDwaNNOdA&feature=youtu.be

Website link that goes directly to the Prize webpage, where filmmakers can begin the process of application:
www.thebetterangelssociety.org

The Library of Congress, The Better Angels Society and Ken Burns will be pushing this out on various social media platforms today:
@kenburns @libraryofcongress.

If you need a quick summary: Ken Burns and the Library of Congress are partnering to create a national award for history documentary filmmaking. The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film will recognize a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that touch on some aspect of American history. Filmmakers are encouraged to apply for this late stage production grant Prize of $200,000 offering national recognition and support to reach the largest possible audience. A national award ceremony at the Library of Congress is set for October 17. For more information go to www.thebetterangelssociety.org

A sample tweet: @kenburns and @libraryofcongress launch new national Prize for exemplary history documentary filmmaking The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. Apply here wwwthebetterangelssociety.org
#history #film

12/21/2018

Happy holidays from AFI Silver Ed. Last year was our biggest ever with over 14,000 students and teachers attending our screenings.

11/20/2018

Many dates for screenings are open in December until the 14th. Also, we're taking reservations for 2019. Contact us at [email protected].

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
07/25/2018
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The New York Times Critic's Pick and box office smash hit Eighth Grade opens Fri, July 27 with an advance screening tomorrow night! Come and see why the incredible Elsie Fisher is already getting Oscar-buzz:

Advance Pre-opening Screening: Eighth Grade

05/01/2018

Proud to be hosting the MCPS Shed (as in watershed) Environmental Filmfest Friday, May 4 at 10:30 am.

12/01/2017

Just announced: Lights! Camera! Education! Workshop for teachers will be held at AFI Silver on January 27, 2018 from 8:30-3:30. More specific information about the workshop is on our web page under professional development. Contact information is there as well.

10/12/2017

Hosted a screening of Underwater Dreams on Monday. The opening scene is a short dedication from former president Barack Obama. The 8th grader burst into spontaneous applause just at the sight of him. I had to restart the film so that they could hear what he says. Says something about what the generation who will be able to vote in 5-6 years will be looking for in a candidate.

08/25/2017

The 2017-18 school year is upon us. We're taking reservations now for field trips that connect film texts to school curricula. FREE except for transportation. Dates for large groups (200+) are filling up. Contact us at [email protected]

06/01/2017

Record setting school year for us. Over 13,000 students and 104 screenings of films to engage student understanding of various subjects and all grade levels.

05/17/2017

Learned so much last night from director/writer/actor John Sayles at the screening of Matewan. I have anew appreciation for a film I dismissed when I first viewed it thanks to seeing it on the big screen and his in depth comments.

05/17/2017

Great time today with two DCPS middle schools, Columbia Heights and Seaton, for a screening of Queen of Katwe. Polite and attentive students with great eyes for visual text.

04/28/2017

Hosted over 400 middle schools students from Howard County for the screening of their environmental PSAs. Some amazing filmmaking!

08/31/2016

Currently taking reservations for educational screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre for DC Metro area schools. All grade levels and subjects.

11/12/2015

Who's up for some Internet cat videos tonight?

Taking reservations for FREE educational screenings for the 2015-16 school year. Check our website at www.afi.com/silver...
08/31/2015
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Taking reservations for FREE educational screenings for the 2015-16 school year. Check our website at www.afi.com/silver for details

The AFI Silver presents the richness of American and world cinema, exploring all forms of the moving image in the digital era and seeing the screen itself as a source of literacy, learning and vision for the future.

Slater's journey stopped at Schooldocs where she connected with Davis Guggenheim for permission for her title. So proud ...
01/28/2014
'An Inconvenient Youth' Tells The Truth About Climate Change

Slater's journey stopped at Schooldocs where she connected with Davis Guggenheim for permission for her title. So proud to see this coming closer to completion.

VideoYou’re 15 years old and naive. You’re concerned about your future and the consequences of climate change. You want to be a part of the solution. You’re thinking bigger than “turn out the lights.” You’re ready to fight for your future, for a sustainable world. But the reality that no [...]

08/03/2012
“Operatunities” screens at SCHOOLDOCS as part of Silverdocs

Aziza, Outreach & PictureHouse Intern at Meridian Hill Pictures, describes attending Youth Voices at Schooldocs 2012: "The kids were awesome. They took full advantage of the opportunity to see other young filmmakers’ work and even more importantly, they saw exciting examples of what they can do with documentary film in the future." Couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing your Schooldocs experience.

Looking around the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building, I was excited to see a room full of youth educators, MHP staff and interns, Silverdocs conference attendees and SCHOOLDOCS panelists...

Hear an interview with THE REVISIONARIES Exec Producer Vijay Dewan and main subject Don McLeroy on NPR. Then see the fil...
06/25/2012
'Revisionaries' Tells Story Of Texas Textbook Battle : NPR

Hear an interview with THE REVISIONARIES Exec Producer Vijay Dewan and main subject Don McLeroy on NPR. Then see the film later today for a comeback in "Best of Fest" at SILVERDOCS. The film screens at 4:00 P.M. Details here: http://bit.ly/N8VjMT

Controversy erupted in 2009 when the Texas State Board of Education debated changes to the state's textbooks that centered on the teaching of evolution. Scott Thurman captured the contentious battle in the documentary film, The Revisionaries, which focuses in large part on Don McLeroy.

06/23/2012

It has been an amazing Schooldocs 2012! Our thanks to all our presenters and participants for making it possible, and to our sponsors and Silverdocs staff & volunteers for your tremendous support. Thank you.

06/23/2012

SILVERDOCS Conference attendees: Don't miss our Youth Voices panel, starting at 9:30am today in Great Hall 1 at Silver Spring Civic Center. Always a highlight of Schooldocs to hear youth filmmakers tell the stories behind their films.

View students' DMAC media creations, featured during one of today's Schooldocs sessions.
06/20/2012
Digital Media Arts Club

View students' DMAC media creations, featured during one of today's Schooldocs sessions.

// Think. Design. Change.

06/20/2012

It's Schooldocs time at SILVERDOCS! Thanks to our phenomenal presenters, inspiring us with your energy and commitment to the youth you serve.

06/19/2012

We're working at SILVERDOCS Conference Desk! Drop by and say hello. Can't wait for Schooldocs' first session tomorrow. silverdocs.com/media/docs/sa618.pdf

Great choices for educators on this list, including The Revisionaries: "Forget PROMETHEUS; the scariest movie of the sum...
06/16/2012
Ten movies not to miss at Silverdocs

Great choices for educators on this list, including The Revisionaries: "Forget PROMETHEUS; the scariest movie of the summer is this revealing look at the Texas State Board of Education..."

Documentary lovers are spoiled for choice at this year’s edition of Silverdocs. Here are 10 films not to miss.

06/13/2012
Gazette.Net: Silverdocs celebrates 10 years in Silver Spring

Great to read about FAME HIGH in this article about SILVERDOCS and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Looking forward to hearing this high school's stories on the screen alongside Schooldocs educators.

AFI and Discovery festival transforms downtown area

06/12/2012

Who is still in school? Wishing all our teachers the best with the end of the year. Schooldocs will be a week of exploration, conversation, and relaxation. Can't wait to see you there.

06/10/2012
Howard County schools use filmmaking as classroom tool

Learn more about Betsy Adelman and Debbie Blum's session (as well as Schooldocs) in The Baltimore Sun.

When a group of Betsy Adelman's students at Ellicott Mills Middle School learned that a low-pressure air zone created by wind turbines could kill endangered bats by causing their lungs to burst,...

Youth Voices Speak Up at Schooldocs!  We are excited to have filmmakers/representatives from Gandhi Brigade, Root Branch...
06/07/2012
Photo from the MAKING A SMALLER WORLD: YOUTH...

Youth Voices Speak Up at Schooldocs! We are excited to have filmmakers/representatives from Gandhi Brigade, Root Branch Productions, LLC, Meridian Hill Pictures, Bay Area Video Coalition, The MY HERO Project, Pendragwn Youth Film Festival (PYFF), and Students Of the World screen their films and share their stories with us.

Photo from the MAKING A SMALLER WORLD: YOUTH VOICES SPEAK UP session at Schooldocs 2011. On Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. in Great Hall 1, young filmmakers representing the scope of...

06/07/2012

"The experience became so much more than the sum of the movies I saw. There was a sense of being part of the event; there were opportunities to meet and talk with the people involved with the documentaries. It wasn't just going to the movies; it was a vacation!" -- Former Silverdocs passholder in Silverdocs Quick Guide 2012

A new Schooldocs Blog post: "Journeys"
06/05/2012
Schooldocs Blog: Journeys

A new Schooldocs Blog post: "Journeys"

What does this look like? What do you see? It is a question posed to students by Matt Boratenski, Schooldocs’ producer, during each of his tours in the historic AFI Silver Theatre. The school group...

05/30/2012
Schooldocs Blog: My history

My first blog post: reflecting on my own teaching with media.

I first learned of Schooldocs last year, when I worked on the educational conference ShortieCon at MHz Networks’ Shortie Awards Film and News Festival. Developing ShortieCon programming brought me...

05/29/2012

“This year, fittingly for a festival that has united art and insight for a decade, there are a substantial number of films focusing on the creative process..." - Sky Sitney, Festival Director

...Sounds like there are going to be Silverdocs films that can inspire creative teachers! We can't wait!

Students create multimedia presentations on memorials and monuments and build advanced English skills in the process. Wh...
05/29/2012
Allison Beers and Renee Shea engage students...

Students create multimedia presentations on memorials and monuments and build advanced English skills in the process. What questions might you have for our presenters?

Allison Beers and Renee Shea engage students through multimedia presentations on monuments and memorials. They will be speaking at Schooldocs about their classroom experiences in teaching argument,...

05/21/2012

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