FILM STUDIES

The Cinematheque is one of the hidden educational gems in Vancouver. I have been working with them for over ten years and they have proven to be a highlight of the year for myself and my students.

- Film Studies Teacher, Lord Byng Secondary, Vancouver

 

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Most people love watching and talking about films; powerful stories can teach us about culture and history, and help us to learn experientially, emotionally and empathetically.  Our film studies workshops can help to structure that learning, initiating discussions that engage students long after the film ends.  With field trips to the theatre and challenging, thoughtful facilitators to guide the learning, our film studies programs transform movie-watching into a critical learning experience that brings your curriculum to life.  Join us to:

  •  Move beyond “like” or “dislike” conversations about film into complex, meaningful and fruitful discussions
  •  Analyze and deconstruct films, looking not only at story, but also dissecting visual language and the way it impacts meaning, personal and social responses
  •  Connect varying media and film representations of real-life events or issues, exploring perspectives and motivations behind creative decisions.

Though we have several sample workshops listed below, all of our film studies workshops are custom-designed to fit the themes and curriculum of the teachers we work with.  During field trips to The Cinematheque, we present and discuss curated short film selections, feature films, and documentary/fiction pairings (as seen below) to fit the themes and issues you’d like to explore. Contact us to discuss your field trip ideas.

Please also be sure to check out our Resources page to explore our Film Study Guides. A series of 20 packages exploring the artists, techniques, styles and practices that have dominated filmmaking for more than 100 years, they offer great techniques for exploring film with your students, and are the perfect introduction for anyone set to begin teaching film studies for the first time.


WORKSHOPS


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The Visual Language of Film

This workshop provides students with a clear introduction to key concepts of Film studies emphasizing the Visual Dimension of Filmmaking. Participants are presented with critical tools, which they immediately apply through the analysis of selected clips from visually compelling film. A significant portion of this Workshop is devoted to the Visual Language of Canadian Film, and Media. This section can be customized to three particular areas of focus– Canadiana Gaze, Canadian Female Gaze, and Canadian Indigenous Gaze. The Visual Language of Film is offered as either a half day, or full day workshop. The half day workshop features a screening and analysis of one of Canada On Screen Digital Study Guides– a series of short documentaries that investigate how Canada’s diverse, multicultural identity has been constructed in our media. The full day workshop includes an afternoon screening, and analysis of a Canadian feature film relevant to the particular focus of the workshop.


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Canadiana Gaze

This workshop provides students with a clear introduction to key concepts of Film studies relating to the Visual Dimension of Filmmaking. A special emphasis is placed on the Visual construction of Canadian Identity through Film, and Media. Participants deconstruct this theme through a screening, and analysis of ‘Canadiana Constructed Part One’. This Digital Study Guide investigates how Canada’s diverse, multicultural identity has been constructed in our media from coast, to coast, to coast.


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Canadian Female Gaze

This workshop provides students with a clear introduction to key concepts of Film studies emphasizing the Visual Dimension of Filmmaking. A special emphasis is placed on the Visual construction of Canadian Identity through Film, and Media. Participants deconstruct this theme through a screening, and analysis of ‘Female Voices’. This Digital Study Guide investigates the Female Gaze, and how prominent Canadian Female Filmmakers shape our film, and media.


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Canadian Indigenous Gaze

This workshop provides students with a clear introduction to key concepts of Film studies emphasizing the Visual Dimension of Filmmaking. A special emphasis is placed on the Visual construction of Canadian Identity through Film, and Media. Participants deconstruct this theme through a screening, and analysis of ‘Indigenous Voices’. This Digital Study Guide investigates Indigenous Representation, and how prominent Canadian Indigenous Filmmakers shape our film, and media.


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Understanding A.I.: Science Fiction and Film

Since the advent of film, screenwriters, directors and artists have used the medium to imagine the technology of the future. But how do past visions compare with our present, and how do today’s visions predict our future? Why do so many of our current science fiction films envision apocalyptic, A.I.-ruled worlds while our scientists and corporations race to create real-world artificial intelligence? Prepare for exciting discussions and debates about film and our shared hopes and fears on screen. This workshop could be accompanied by screenings of Ex Machina, Terminator 2, A.I., and Metropolis.