Created by MVFF interns Justin Simpkins and Jessica Carlson
At the Oak Bluffs and Chilmark Libraries, we offered film literacy classes for preschool aged children to provide them with experience decoding and interpreting film. Children watched short films from around the world and discussed the stories and filmmaking techniques they observed. Children explored how the soundtrack & sound effects, and the filmmakers framing choices affected the way they felt about the stories. Hands-on activities helped to crystallize their learning.
West Tisbury School
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival collaborated with ArtFarm Enterprises to create a theater and filmmaking workshop for fourth grade students 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.
Head of School Susan Stevens approached the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival 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. Click here to play "Treating Each Other Well", a documentary of the project and culmination of the students' animations.
Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School
High school senior Ian Chickering worked with the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival through the school's mentorship program. Ian created a number of stop-motion animations that define the short film programming of Cinema Circus. He edited scenes from some of our favorite films, incorporated his animations and underscored the piece. Click here to watch Ian's programming trailer.
During our summer production season, the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival offers internships to filmmaking students interested in honing their filmmaking skills and learning about non-profit management. In addition to creating promotional trailers about our organization, our interns capture Street Interviews about issues raised by our feature films and conduct Kid Critic Interviews at Cinema Circus to hear from kids about their favorite films and what they learned from our film literacy lessons with Professor Projector.