AFI in Dallas

Img_0029For the past two days members of the TX DEN got together at SMU for the AFI Lights, Camera, Education! workshop.  We had a great setting on a beautiful campus all while the AFI Dallas International Film Festival was happening.  Just down the hall from our workshop, Sydney Pollack was leading a seminar. Img_0026
You can learn all about the AFI workshop from the TX DEN by following their blog.  And, hear what our participants learned and how they plan to implement the Lights, Camera, Education! experience in their schools by reading their comments to this post.


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  1. Diedre Cook said:

    I am so excited I got to participate in this training. The hands on experience is something I can take back to my students and other teachers and really use. This is very user friendly and the presentation was informative and engaging.

  2. Beth said:

    This is an AWESOME workshop! The sessions were led in such a way that we had hands on and then learned and then hands on and so on…..
    I will be able to take this back and use the information I gathered with my teachers to train the trainer…and with my students!
    Don’t miss this opportunity if it is presented in your area!!!

  3. Sherry Brott said:

    Our group had a great time together, learning how to bring video into the classroom step by step. We learned about the program through experiencing it. It is fun, well thought out, and emphasizes sequential learning. We really recommend that you attend one of these workshops if at all possible.
    Sherry, Eva, Linda, and Kay

  4. Melissa Hall, Judith Valle, M. T. D'Avigon said:

    This was fabulous training and we highly recommend it. And it was fun!!! The process was simple and broken down into manageable modules. You can take the curriculum straight to the classroom. The modules build on themselves.

    Judith and Melissa plan to train their teachers using this curriculum. M. T. works at an arts magnet high school and she plans to use the modules in the video club at her school. Eventually, her school plans to develop a video cluster.

  5. Lisa McCray said:

    This training was incredible. The strength of the training was the hands-on step-by-step approach. I plan to take this education model back to the teachers in central Texas. Thanks AFI and Discovery Education for providing not only the training but also the resources and curriculum to make this a success.

  6. Elaine Plybon said:

    The training was awesome, it was great (as usual) to meet other educators, and I am definitely taking something valuable with me back to school to share with other educators. If you ever have an opportunity to attend one of these, don’t hesitate! You can read more about my perspective of the training, and download a completed project, on the Texas DEN Blog.

  7. Bert Salzman said:

    Dear Friends,
    The “ Bert Salzman collection of classic educational films have recently been saved from extinction and are now available for viewing on the Internet Archive.
    The link to these classic prize winning short films have been posted below. The films originally made in the early 1970’s as human values films for social study classes include the (Academy Award winner Angel And Big Joe and Geronimo Jones (which premiered at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City). In his films Bert Salzman tries to instill hope and love into the hearts of young people. His message always was: “Have hope, go deep into your self; You are more than you think you are!”.

    The Internet Archive is now hosting all of the Bert Salzman Collection and links to the entire collection can be found below. If you enjoy these films please forward this letter to your friends especially educators. From the beginning It has always been Bert’s dream, his goal- that his films find their way into every school in this very troubled world and perhaps change it for the better-even in a small way. Bert thanks you in advance for your help in achieving this goal.

    Origin Of films: ***
    The early to mid-1970s were truly heady times for the educational film world. Fueled by the Johnson administration’s “Great Society” philosophy, educational programs embraced themes of ethnic awareness and diversity, and school districts nationwide began demanding professional quality 16mm films that both encouraged and provoked classroom discussion. Learning Corporation of America, was a prime source for these types of films, and the maker of several of its most profound and dynamic films was Bert Salzman. Salzman was already a successful artist before embarking on a career as a filmmaker. In 1970, Linda Gottlieb of LCA asked him to choose three ethnic groups as focal points for his first LCA films. The films he did for LCA eventually ran to eight, including Oscar-winning Angel & Big Joe. Salzman infused each of these films which he wrote and directed with elements essential to great film of any genre: pathos, passion, and humor. The nine films (including Joshua which Salzman did independently) can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

    Links to Bert’s Films on Web:


    Go to Google and type in: Internet Archive Bert Salzman

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