Credit: Joseph Lamour
Here are some great resources about community engagement through film:
This is a fantastic community program offering free monthly film screenings at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch. You can also find clips from films exploring a range of social issues on their website. Check it out! http://communitycinema.org/
“Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Every month in 100+ cities, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.
“Now screening > From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.”
Community Classroom is a resource offered by ITVS (Independent Television Service) just for educators! This website has an amazing array of free resources to explore social issues with your students:
“Community Classroom is an innovative and free resource for educators, offering short-form film modules adapted from ITVS’s award-winning documentaries and standards-based lesson plans for high school and community colleges, NGOs, and youth organizations.”
Women and Girls Lead:
“Women and Girls Lead is an innovative public media campaign designed to celebrate, educate, and activate women, girls, and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century.”
Check out their website for wonderful videos and other media related to women and girls worldwide taking an active stance in their communities and empowering others.
This month you can also access 10 free online films all about women leaders through the SheDocs Online Film Festival in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! Hurry, it’s only available until the 31st!
Thanks to Corinna for sharing!
Looking to teach a class to other adults on a special topic of your choosing or learn a new skill for free? Check out AustinFreeSkool, a local non-profit which organizes and hosts classes and workshops for free. Past classes have covered everything from puppet-making to computer programming, hip-hop to Chinese medicine!
Thanks to Aaron Goldman!