Chicago International Film Festival Lessons in Cinema

Lessons in Cinema
Rebecca Fons, Education Program Manager It's a tumultuous time for public schools – budget tightening, school closures, never ending pressure on teachers and administrators to produce high ranking students and test scores. The outlook can seem bleak when facing the uphill journey that is educating our youth.

When the odds feel insurmountable, I turn my attention to the core of the solution: the individual student. That single student who seeks guidance, passion and inspiration. Every weekday morning of the Festival and throughout the school-year, Cinema/Chicago provides that inspiration through our free Education Outreach Screenings to Chicago Public School students as part of our year-round Education Outreach Program.

Screening after screening, as hundreds of students file into the theater and I look out over the sea of faces in the seats, I am confident that within this school year, within this school day, and within these next two hours, at least one student will be moved to act by the film they see. They will be inspired to create art by the images they are exposed to; they will be driven to speak their voice by the program we have presented.

It's a triumph, one student at a time.

5 Questions For... Sarah Burns (director of The Central Park Five)
What is the first film you remember seeing and loving?

I remember seeing The Wizard of Oz on TV as a young kid and not really understanding what it was, but being completely mesmerized.

If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?

As a documentary filmmaker it's never occurred to me to fantasize about working with actors, though as a fan of the movies I could name dozens whom I'd love to interview. Robert Downey Jr. comes to mind as an incredibly talented actor with a complicated personal story to tell.

Do you like to watch your own films?

Now that it's finished, I can't watch it. It's too easy to be distracted by the wrong things and not be able to experience the emotion of the story as it should be seen. What movie will you stop on when flipping channels, no matter how many times you’ve seen it and no matter what time it started?

Groundhog's Day

Where do you sit at the movies – front, middle, or back row?

Middle. Never the front.

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