Paid for by the 21st CCLC program, administered by the US Dept. of Education.
Holt Atherton Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts
City of Austin, Cultural Contracts
The Austin Film Society's Film Club afterschool program has been engaging young filmmakers since 2004 at AISD elementary, middle and high schools. Film Club uses digital media literacy as a framework for teaching students how to analyze, explore and produce films, fostering our next generation of moviemakers and film aficionados.
Far more than a traditional club, AFS Film Club is a partnership with AISD’s ACE Austin or Afterschool Centers on Education. ACE programs all over Texas focus on key educational, cognitive, life, career and technology skills that are key to the development of a 21st Century Workforce.
Learn more about our upcoming 2013 AFS FILM CLUB SPRING FESTIVAL!>>
In conjunction with the expectations of ACE Austin, the AFS Film Club has the following goals:
1) Teach the craft of filmmaking and digital media production, from script to screen, in order to empower students to express themselves creatively.
2) Develop critical thinking and life skills through team-building projects in a safe, engaging afterschool learning environment.
3) Allow students to become familiar with filmmaking technology, exposing them to all types of equipment and software.
4) Illustrate career and college pathways related to the digital media industries.
5) Encourage scholastic exploration in the field of fine art, as well as the use of artist expression in all subjects.
6) Offer fun and innovative programming that is tailored to the students' interests and experience levels.
AFS Film Club curriculum, which includes topics ranging from camera techniques and storyboarding to claymation and film history, is taught by our Filmmaking Mentors. These talented artists customize the Film Club curriculum to best fit the interests, needs and skill sets of each school campus. They also bring their own production experience into the classroom, illustrating film and media career paths. AFS curriculum is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Communication and Media Systems and Language Arts and Reading.
In January 2012, we offered the first-ever FILM CLUB WINTER FESTIVAL! It was a great success, allowing our students to come together at the Alamo Drafthouse to see their hard work and dedication on the big screen. We're excited to continue this tradition each semester. Read more about the inaugural event.>>
NEW! The Film Club expanded into the summer this year. Working with AMD's Changing the Game Foundation, the Film Club taught a transmedia curriculum for our middle school students. Filmmaking and game design concepts were combined to offer students STEM and visual arts curriculum side by side. We are excited to see how we can incorporate what we learned this summer into this school year's Film Club curriculum! Read more about the Digital Media Magic pilot program.>>
During the 2012-2013 school year, AFS has facilitated workshops at each of the following local schools:
- HIGH SCHOOLS - Travis, Eastside Memorial
- MIDDLE SCHOOLS - Fulmore, Mendez, Martin, Dobie, Pearce, Garcia
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - Langford, Barrington, Brown, Eden Park Academy, Hart, Rodriguez, Pickle, Widen, Winn
For information about the AFS Film Club program,
email Katy Daiger Dial, Community Education Manager, at email@example.com.