Classroom to Screening Room

Take your students to the movies! Classroom to Screening Room is our Education Screening Field Trip program, Virtual or In-Person, with live post-screening discussions led by JBFC Educators.

Our carefully curated film library features an inclusive collection of stories from across the USA and around the world. These animated, documentary, and narrative films invite students to engage with new cultures and build empathy through incredible characters and personal stories.

Our post-screening discussions are moderated by film educators who facilitate a safe, thoughtful, and lively conversation that follows student curiosity and focuses on film techniques, story structure, character development, themes, historical background, and emotional engagement.

Step One: Explore Our Film Library 

Explore our curated film list below to select the title that best connects with your students. Choose a film by genre, theme, age recommendation, rating, and/or language for your students to view. Please be sure to check out our content advisory which includes a link to Common Sense Media to help you determine which film is a good fit for your students.

 

Song of the Sea

Ireland
Animation. 2014. 93 min. English. PG.
Recommended Age: 7+
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Brooklyn Castle

USA
Documentary. 2012. 101 min. English. PG.
Recommended Age: 8+
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Landfill Harmonic

Paraguay
Documentary. 2015. 84 min. Spanish with English subtitles. PG.
Recommended Age: 10+
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Whale Rider

New Zealand
Narrative. 2002. 101 min. English. PG-13.
Recommended Age: 11+
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Shorts Program: Creative Culture

Stories from Across the Country
Documentary. 35 min. English.
Recommended Age: 14+
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Step Two: Register

Choose either a Virtual or In-Person experience and fill out the accompanied registration form to sign up for a screening. Select the month and day of the week that works best for you and your class. We will be in touch to confirm the date. For In-Person experiences, please be sure to read our Classroom to Screening Room: In-Person Screening Information for Schools page before registering. 

Virtual Experience

Can’t come in person, no problem! To increase accessibility, we are offering virtual film screening experiences for students and teachers. Each school may screen up to two films per academic year with a group of 20-75 students per visit.

In-Person Experience

Let’s go to the movies! Bring your students for an in-person experience to our art house movie theater in Pleasantville, New York to watch and discuss a film. Each school may screen up to two films per academic year with a minimum of 40 students to up to 249 people (full capacity including chaperones) per visit. The JBFC will cover the cost of one bus per academic year per visit for under-resourced schools. If your in-person experience will include more than one visit, we ask that no less than 75 students attend each visit.

Includes:

  • An Intro video to introduce key concepts and questions before the film screening
  • A Viewing Guide to both prepare students to be active viewers and support teachers with activities they can bring back to the classroom
  • A password-protected Link to the Film for students to either watch at school or remotely from home 24 hours before the film discussion
  • A Post-Screening Discussion with students on Zoom (45min–1hr) facilitated by a JBFC Film Educator
  • Start time: 10:30am

Includes:

  • An Introduction to the film
  • A Screening in our state of the art movie theater
  • A Post-Screening Discussion led by a JBFC Film Educator
  • A Viewing Guide to both prepare students to be active viewers and support teachers with activities they can bring back to the classroom
  • Start time: 9:30am
  • Please visit our Classroom to Screening Room: In-Person Screening Information for Schools page before registering.

 

Questions? Contact us at education@burnsfilmcenter.org

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