TPS Middle School Students Premiere Micro Documentaries at Public Screening
Middle School Students from The Project School will present 14 original micro documentaries (films up to 10 minutes in length) exploring individuals, organizations, businesses and issues impacting our local community. The free film premiere, "Project:Documentary," will take place on Monday, June 3, 6-8pm, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. The entire community is invited to attend.
Sixty students in the combined seventh and eighth grade spent the 2018-2019 school year exploring documentary filmmaking. They received training from local documentary filmmakers and learned about the key elements of compelling films. Using the framework of the school’s “problem, place and project” based interdisciplinary curriculum, students then worked in teams to develop and pitch documentary film concepts to a panel of educators and filmmakers. Once determined, fourteen filmmaking teams spent the remainder of the academic year crafting their films.
Scott Wallace, member of the lead teaching team of the middle school at The Project School, shared what has inspired him the most about the many months-long project. “We are so impressed by the quality of the products these seventh and eighth graders have created. The students took inspiration from some well-known, classic documentaries, and the results are inspiring. They have shown just how effective documentary film can be at prompting change and illuminating the heroes among us. We know that the subjects of these films will be rightfully honored by the viewing of the work, and that those who attend the screening will not be able to believe that these are the work of thirteen and fourteen-year old youth.”
Project:Documentary is the culmination of an in-depth study of story-telling as a tool for community impact and transformation. Student filmmakers will be on hand at the premiere to answer questions and to discuss the inspiration and motivation behind their films. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Monday, June 3, 6-8pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington.