Made by kids in the documentary filmmaking workshop (at the March 2014 festival)
Edited By Reece Robinson and Elina Street
Reel Diversity @ the West Tisbury School
The MVFF works to empower youth to become critical thinkers. Students begin to define and redefine their values and belief systems. They are encouraged to become independent thinkers and see how their perspective fits in with the fabric of their community. Students also learn about the power of film as a way to influence thoughts and attitudes.
At the Oak Bluffs and Chilmark Libraries, we have offered film literacy classes for preschool-aged children to provide them with experience decoding and interpreting film. The children watched short films from around the world and discussed the stories and filmmaking techniques they observed. They explored how the soundtrack and sound effects, and the filmmakers' framing choices, affected the way they felt about the stories. Hands-on activities helped to crystallize their learning.
Filmmaking in the West Tisbury School
The MVFF collaborated with ArtFarm Enterprises to create a theater and filmmaking workshop for fourth grade students that was rooted in their language arts and science curricula. Animal adaptations provided the content for a series of short films and a play that explore how animals have adapted to their environments in order to survive.
Animation in the Chilmark School
The head of the school, Susan Stevens, approached the MVFF about creating a filmmaking project to explore the issue of bullying. Working in mixed-age groups, students wrote scripts, recorded dialogue, and used iStopmotion software to create animated short films that explore creating positive school culture. Watch "Treating Each Other Well"--a documentary of the project and culmination of the students' animations.