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Facets Summer Film Institute

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A unique, week-long, intensive film camp for teachers
Summer 2015 dates coming soon
Earn 30 CPDUs

"Professional-development opportunities like the one at Facets are rare—many teachers who might like to incorporate film may not know where to start." —Education Week

At Facets Summer Film Institute, you will...

It's a summer experience that will transform you (and your students) for a lifetime!

How It Works

Film scholars provide expert instruction on film aesthetics, film history, and film techniques, including:

  1. The Impact of Film Editing
    Learn the language of film for Media Literacy.
  2. Lighting, Camera Angles, and Set Design
    Impart how visual style interacts with story for Fine Arts.
  3. Narrative in Cinema
    Treat film as a text, and compare and contrast to Literature.
  4. History of World Cinema
    Put film in context, and use as a specialized source for History.
  5. Classic Hollywood Movies
    Appreciate film as a cultural artifact for Social Science.

Each morning includes an introductory lecture supported by articles and handouts. Every afternoon, you'll watch a feature film, then apply and deepen your learning through discussion, activities, and worksheets you can adapt for use in your own classroom. Activities include editing exercises, visual associations, relating movies to literature, historical discourse, and analyzing a masterpiece.


When: Summer 2015 dates coming soon

Where: Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (Free parking on Fullerton and neighboring side streets.)

Meals: Breakfast foods and coffee provided in the morning. One hour lunch break (lunch not included).

Credits: 30 CPDUs for the week.

Cost: $395; Facets Members: $350 (includes all handouts and materials). Many schools offer reimbursement for the fee. Ask your school about payment reimbursement options.


Film Institute Application [PDF]

Application Details [PDF]

2014 Summer Program

Day One:

What Is Editing and How Does It Make Meaning in a Film?

Educator: Jason Betke

ason Betke is currently an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches courses in digital cinema production, editing, and advanced post production. A veteran film teacher with over ten years experience, Jason is also an independent filmmaker and producer.

Day Two:

What Is Mise-en-Scène and How Does It Make Meaning in a Film?

Educator: Michael NJ Wright

Michael NJ Wright graduated as a Cinematography Fellow from the American Film Institute. He is the founder of Wright Bros. Photoplay, where he's produced and photographed numerous award-winning features and shorts. He won an Emmy for his work on the Chicago Marathon and two Tellys for Little Green Men and Dog Jack. Wright teaches cinematography and directing at the Illinois Institute of Art.

Day Three:

Film Narrative and How to Relate Movies to Literature

Educator: Larry Knapp

Larry Knapp teaches film studies at Oakton Community College and is the author of Directed by Clint Eastwood. He is also the editor of Brian De Palma: Interviews, Ridley Scott: Interviews, David Fincher: Interviews, and the upcomingKevin Smith: Interviews. He holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from Northwestern University.

Day Four:

How to Study Mass Media in Historical and Cultural Context

Educator: Cary Elza

Cary Elza received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is currently an instructor at DePaul University, where she teaches film history, media and cultural theory, apocalyptic cinema, and vampires in film and TV.

Day Five:

Hollywood Masterpieces in the Classroom:
How to Teach Classic Hollywood Movies

Educator: Michael Smith

Michael Smith received an MA in Film Production from Humboldt State University. His award-winning short film, The Catastrophe, is currently playing the festival circuit. He teaches film studies at several Chicago-land colleges and maintains the Chicago-centric film blog White City Cinema.


For more information, contact Summer Film Institute Coordinator Paul Gonter by phone at 773.281.9075, ext. 3043, or by email at filminstitute@facets.org.