Student Screening Day at the PSIFF is a day of programming devoted to students in the Coachella Valley. These free screenings, held on Monday, January 14th, will be attended by approximately 1,100 students from schools throughout the Valley as part of our year-round Educational Outreach Program. Attending the event this year will be students from Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella Valley High Schools.
Student Screening Day is designed to expose students to outstanding examples of international and independent cinema and give them the opportunity to question filmmakers directly about their creative process as well as the issues raised in the films.
This year’s Student Screening Day films are Lucky, a moving but unsentimental look at the challenges facing a young South African boy whose mother’s death leaves him alone to face an unforgiving world, and Shakespeare High, a spirited documentary about high school students who find inspiration in a highly successful Southern California drama competition. The films were chosen not only for their cinematic excellence but also for their particular relevance and educational value for students. To create an additional enriching experience, the Shakespeare High filmmakers, as well as students featured in the film, will be conducting workshops in Palm Springs High School District classrooms the day following the screenings.
Supplementing Student Screening Day as part of the Educational Outreach Program this year are two new initiatives: the Visiting Filmmaker in the Classroom Workshop at two Palm Springs Unified School District schools and the ShortFest Student Screening Day held last October.
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