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Mr. Conklin from Vista CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Art of Film

Help me give my students access to art; we need additional films to add to our library for our Film Studies Class.

  • $1,107 goal

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My Students

My students are AWESOME! I have so many great people I get to work with everyday! Many of my students are starting to reawaken to the great things life has to offer when we are invested in ourselves, our families, and the world around us. After some less-than-ideal decisions, many of my students are now understanding their value, how smart and powerful they are, and are making plans for their futures. I want to help them even more by showing them how both easy and difficult it can be to understand the world around them. Our high school is a Title I school, meaning many of my students have some financial and food insecurity.

Even with big stressors and life wrinkles, my students still get to school and have amazing days of connecting with people, focusing on their academics, and contributing to their families and jobs.

Most of my students have only seen films on television, in passing, or while eating and talking. Teaching them to understand the significance of well-made films as artistic presentations is wonderful! They love to learn to see films they have viewed, but with new eyes and a new perspective.

My Project

I am adding to the small collection of films for my Film Studies Class. We continually shift between pop-culture and classic artistic films, U.S. creations, and international cinema. These new films will continue to help me show them the wide array of techniques and points of view for a global understanding of the art and craft of film-as-literature.

For films such as La Lengua de las Mariposas (The Butterfly's Tongue) we focus on the common humanity shared between teachers and students, adults and children, the young and the old, but shown in the light of growing fascism and how a person either picks sides or passively allows bad things to happen to good people.

We also look at classic American Cinematic classics, such as Casablanca, paying close attention to the dialogue and how certain scenes intensify the relationship between characters through magnificent dialogue (see the linen-bartering scene for a pristine example of this).

Finally, we look at pop-culture films to investigate why people are drawn to certain stories. We uncover the foundational archetypes presented in films like Star Wars, and look at Joseph Campbell's paradigm of the hero's journey to help us understand what audience members connect with in these popular films.

Mr. Conklin
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 240 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Monty Python Box Set (Monty Python & The Holy Grail / And Now For Something Completely Different / The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) • Amazon Business $49.98 1 $49.98
STAR WARS The Complete Saga Episodes 1 - 6 • Amazon Business $41.75 1 $41.75
The Milagro Beanfield War • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Christmas Comedy Collection (Elf / A Christmas Story / National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) • Amazon Business $39.72 1 $39.72
Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Widescreen Edition) • Amazon Business $36.10 1 $36.10
Amazing Stories: Season 1 • Amazon Business $33.67 1 $33.67
128 Capacity CD/DVD case Wallet, storage,holder,booklet by Rekukos(Blue) • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
The Night of the Hunter (The Criterion Collection) • Amazon Business $26.09 1 $26.09
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection (Raiders of the Lost Ark / Temple of Doom / Last Crusade / Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) • Amazon Business $24.12 1 $24.12
Bicycle Thieves (The Criterion Collection) • Amazon Business $22.97 1 $22.97
Braveheart by Mel Gibson • Amazon Business $21.77 1 $21.77
Whiplash • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Black Panther • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Amadeus (Double Sided Disc) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
La Lengua De Las Mariposas (The Butterfly's Tongue) [*Ntsc/region 1 & 4 Dvd. Import-latin America] NO English Options • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Won't You Be My Neighbor? • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy • Amazon Business $17.81 1 $17.81
Night at the Museum 3-Movie Collection • Amazon Business $16.18 1 $16.18
Kundun • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Some Like It Hot (Collector's Edition) by 20th Century Fox • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Heart Of Darkness - Starring Roddy McDowall and Boris Karloff - From the story that inspired Apocalypse Now • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Shawshank Redemption (Two-Disc Special Edition) • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
Tarantino Triple Feature: Reservoir Dogs / Pulp Fiction / Jackie Brown • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
On the Waterfront (Special Edition) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
It's A Wonderful Life • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington • Amazon Business $11.28 1 $11.28
Princess Bride, The • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
Without Limits (1998) • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
2001: A Space Odyssey • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Life Is Beautiful • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
4 Film Favorites: The Matrix Collection (The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions / The Animatrix) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Saving Private Ryan (Single-Disc Special Limited Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Sting • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Brazil • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Contact (Keepcase) • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Gandhi (Collector's Edition) • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Searchers,The: 50th Anniversary Special Edition • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Men in Black (1997) / Men in Black II - Vol / Men in Black 3 - Set • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
Apocalypse Now: Redux • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Gladiator • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Platoon • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
La Vie en Rose (Extended Version) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Schindler's List • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
The Last of the Mohicans • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Jaws • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12
Jumanji • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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