The Film Society’s Education Initiative aims to broaden and diversify art-house cinema audiences and future filmmakers. Through the Film Society’s robust programs and community outreach efforts, our Education Initiative will shape and inform future audiences of every age, while also reinforcing the lifeblood of the art form.

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Arts Education

Since 2007, the Film Society has partnered with media organizations like the Ghetto Film School and Educational Video Center, as well as with public high schools, in order to cultivate young audiences' visual literacy and critical-thinking skills. The next generation of film lovers are invited to attend screenings, filmmaker discussions, and more.

CineKids is a new education initiative focused on bringing film into the classroom through screenings, discussions, and production, in order to bolster visual literacy learning in neighborhood elementary schools. Funded by a $200,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Film Society has engaged BRIC’s arts education program to partner on the design and implementation of the program. CineKids has launched in three public elementary schools on the Upper West Side of Manhattan’s Community School District 3, and includes P.S. 191, P.S. 75, and P.S. 163.

CineKids will serve approximately 500 kindergarten through 5th grade students in year one and grow to serve close to 1,000 students by year three. At each grade level children will screen classics, and new art-house films, followed by discussions, and will make films of their own inspired by these filmmaking techniques. Another integral part of the program includes the Teacher Training Institute, where participating teachers are mentored in the interdisciplinary study of aesthetic appreciation and filmmaking techniques, and use these as a tool for their own classroom practices. The program will culminate in June at the Walter Reade Theater with the Film Society’s very first CineKids Film Festival, at which the children will show their final short films created through the program. Click here to read more.

CineKids @ Boro-Linc
On three Saturdays this spring (March 21, March 28, and April 4) from 12:00 – 2:00pm at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in the Bronx, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's CineKids program will screen Spanish language family films by master filmmakers and new voices. Programmed by Marcela Goglio, each screening will include a discussion about the countries represented and the filmmaker's perspective as conveyed through each of the film's narrative. These events are open to the public.

Boro-Linc is a special free family program developed by Lincoln Center Education that aims to make the arts more accessible to underserved New Yorkers and increase family engagement in the arts. The new initiative will bring together organizations from across Lincoln Center to present a wide range of performances, workshops, lectures and exhibits on Saturdays from March 7 to June 13, with approximately 20 educational programs scheduled at the Bronx-based Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, which has offered programs to children and families in New York City for more than 80 years.

Summer Film Intensive
Beginning July 2014, 25 NYC high school students will participate in a weeklong summer workshop centered around narrative filmmaking with instruction led by the award-winning non-profit organization Ghetto Film School. This workshop will serve as an intensive immersion into the art and business of narrative filmmaking. The program will be conducted at the Film Society and highlight our investment in public education. FSLC’s dedication to supporting creative education for young people will be highlighted with site visits, guest lectures from filmmakers, film critics, and film historians, along with production training. Click here to read more.

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Mentorship/Artist Development

Critics Academy
In partnership with Indiewire and Film Comment magazine, the first Critics Academy launched during the 2012 Locarno Film Festival. A combination of candid discussions with working critics experienced in covering cinema in a deadline-driven environment and other members of the industry, the initiative has proven beneficial to aspiring critics looking to sketch out a career plan. A third edition of the Critics Academy will take place in Locarno this summer as well as at the New York Film Festival in the fall. Past attendees include Beatrice Behn, James Berclaz-Lewis, Zeba Blay, Forrest Cardamenis, Adam Cook, Greg Cwik, Ronan Doyle, Diana Drumm, Judith Dry, Vanessa Erazo, Shelley Farmer, Adriana Floridia, Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson, Caitlin Hughes, Tara Karajica, Alec Kubas-Meyer, Peter Labuza, Mark E. Lukenbill, Laya Maheshwari, Blair McClendon, Marc Menichini, Max Nelson, Michael Nordine, Corey O’Connell, Michael Pattison, Claudia Piwecki, Ingrid Raison, Gus Reed, Fariha Roísín, Katelyn Trott, Giovanni Vimercati (a.k.a. Celluloid Liberation Front), Graham Winfrey.

Artist Academy
In collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the Film Society offers an immersive creative experience for selected up-and-coming filmmakers. Tapping into both the Lincoln Center and New York film community, the Artists Academy program features talks and case studies designed to inspire filmmakers’ artistic instincts. Past speakers include Jonathan Demme, Ira Deutchman, Fernando Eimbkie, Joanna Hogg, Ed Lachman, Robert Lepage, Nico Muhly, Mira Nair, Corneliu Porumboiu, Paul Schrader, and Michele Stephenson & Joe Brewster.

2014 Filmmaker in Residence Lisandro Alonso with Matías Piñeiro. Photo by Julie Cunnah

Filmmaker in Residence
The Filmmaker in Residence program is an annual initiative created by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre designed to further support filmmakers at an earlier stage in the creative process. Each year, one emerging or established artist will be provided with the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new work. In 2013, Academy Award–winning director Andrea Arnold was selected. Arnold received guidance on a new project from an advisory board of industry leaders, visited local schools to discuss the filmmaking process, attended the Artists Academy during the New York Film Festival, and participated in the NYFF Live: Story Creation and the Artistic Process panel. In 2014, Cannes and Venice Film Festival prize-winning director Lisandro Alonso was selected. Alonso's new film Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen also screened in the Main Slate of the 52nd New York Film Festival.

Student Membership
The outreach of the Student Membership program is specifically to emerging filmmakers and young-adult filmgoers, who are offered discount tickets to special events and the myriad film series put on by the Film Society.

To learn more about how you can get involved with our education initiatives, please contact Amy Poux, Director of Education, at or (949) 430-9483.

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