Education Initiative

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.

Art Cinema for Visual Literacy
The Film Society is currently developing an Art Cinema appreciation and filmmaking program for elementary aged students. The program will cultivate visual literacy in young people through the making and the viewing of art cinema films that are shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

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.

Photo by Julie Cunnah

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.
3rd Annual Critics Academy at Locarno Film Festival
3rd Annual Critics Academy at New York Film Festival

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 Matt Bolish, 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.

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.

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.

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