Programming For Schools

We program specifically for schools, after school programs and film centers that teach cinema. Each year, our curator and programming committee create a program designed specifically to serve every type of student from middle school and high school to community college and university students alike. We can present films during regular school hours/class times or as a pre-arranged special screening time as desired by the school administrator or professor. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the students, their teachers and our curator. Program administrators and professors are encouraged to invite students of all subjects to attend screenings, as the movie themes tend to appeal to a wide range of majors and student interests.

You can learn more about our educational film programs in the FAQ section below.  Please email our curatorMichael Harrington at michael@wanderingreel.org to inquire about bringing Wandering Reel to your school.

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FAQ

What does a Wandering Reel school screening involve?

Our curator visits your school with a customized selection of films intended to inform and inspire young people. In addition to screening the films, our curator will answer questions about how and why they were made and facilitate discussion with the students as to how the films relate to their lives and local community. Unlike a typical community screening, school screenings are designed to delve a little deeper into the filmmaking process and how cinematic storytelling can be a powerful tool for effecting positive change in the world.

When does a school screening typically take place?

We offer in school screenings in the days leading up to our public screening(s) in your community. In general, our public screenings take place Friday - Sunday. Our curator typically arrives to the community 2 - 3 days prior in order to provide private screenings to other portions of the community, especially schools. We can work with you to lock down the exact timing during this window.

What films will be shown to the students? Can I preview them as a teacher?

Our curator hand selects films from each of our programs to show to students. We will work with teachers and program administers to choose films that an appropriate fit for the school or program.

How long are the films?

Individual films typically range from 4 - 30 minutes long. A typical Wandering Reel program runs two hours: 65 - 80 minutes worth of films + discussion. Our school programs are condensed to fit in the time period of a typical class, usually 50 - 90 minutes total, including discussion time. We can work with you to design the right program length for your class. 

What is Teen Press and what does it have to do with WRTFF?

Teen Press is a short documentary and a nation-wide middle school program that uses journalism as a way to teach kids how to question, listen and truly engage with another person. The program, which comes with an electronic curriculum, can be either self-structured or workshop-led by the program's Co-Founder, John Seigel Boettner. Wandering Reel is teaming up with Teen Press in hopes to inspire teachers and students around the nation to start programs of their own. You can learn more about Teen Press below. 

Is there a fee for a student screening?

Yes. However, we work with schools and youth programs to accommodate what they can afford and often offer fee reductions and scholarships.

Can my family, friends or other members of the community attend a school screening?

The short answer is no. We have public, community screenings for this purpose. However, we are encourage schools to host a Wandering Reel community screening (open to the public) in their facilities in addition to in class screenings for the students.

Can other students attend the in class screening?

That would be up to the teacher hosting the screening.

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About Teen Press

Teen Press is a short documentary and a nation-wide middle school program that uses journalism as a way to teach kids how to question, listen and truly engage with another person. The program, which comes with an electronic curriculum, can be either self-structured or workshop-led by the program's Co-Founder, John Seigel Boettner.

Wandering Reel will be including the short documentary in our program this year and we hope it will inspire teachers to start Teen Press groups around the nation. We’d love to collaborate in anyway we can to make this happen, ideally culminating in Teen Press groups 'covering' the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival when we come to your community. As you will see in the “Teen Press” movie, it was a film festival in Santa Barbara that gave birth to Teen Press. A film festival provides a focused goal for a classroom and a terrific opportunity for filmmakers to experience the magic that happens when kids ask the questions.

Watch the Teen Press trailer:

If you think you're interested in exploring a Teen Press program for your school, please us me know and we will connect you directly with the program coordinators. If you’d like to know more about how your students might be involved in our film festival when we visit your community, we’d be happy to talk more in depth about that as well.

Learn more about Teen Press at teenpressthemovie.com.