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Just like “the old days” when the teacher would roll in the AV Cart and show a movie! This new feature from AVFilm offers a free film for students to view inside or outside of class, as well as the option for synchronous discussion with a subject-area expert during one or more class sessions. The experts will discuss the film and thematic issues. MOST of our offerings can be customized to fit each classroom depending on hybrid or in-person sessions.

For more information, please contact us.

(Notes: We ask for a minimum of 10 students in a class to schedule an expertWe have hotspots to distribute if students cannot access the internet at home.)

 

HERE’S WHAT’S “PLAYING” IN FALL 2021:

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RBG

99 minutes • January 1 – March 31

COURSE TIE-IN: Career, Women’s Rights, Law

EXPERT TO JOIN CLASS:
Martha Wheelock and Molly MacGregor, National Women’s History Alliance

THEMES: Great Girl Role Models, Integrity

SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
What character strengths and life skills does she exemplify? Who are some other real and fictional role models for girls and young women?*

Discuss the historical context of gender discrimination.*

Do you think current politics are more or less polarized than they were in the 1990s?*

GRADE(s): 5th-12th

MacGillivray Freeman's Dream Big promo banner

DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

42 minutes • January 1 – March 31

COURSE TIE-IN: Science, Technology, Math

EXPERT TO JOIN CLASS:
Yas B Neuberger, Senior Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic

THEMES:
STEM, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature

SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
How do engineers use curiosity in their work? Why is that an important character strength?*

Why does the movie highlight so many women engineers? Why is diversity important in engineering?*

GRADE(s): 2nd-12th

Rodents of Unusual Size promo banner with rodent teeth

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE

71 minutes • January 1 – March 31

COURSE TIE-IN:Science, Arts, Career development

EXPERT TO JOIN CLASS:
Chris Metzler, the film director

THEMES: Coastal Erosion, Hurricanes, Culture and Homeland, Human Resilience.

SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
How did you gain the trust of the local people to tell their stories?

Why are documentaries important?

How does a filmmaker’s vision create bias? What can a filmmaker do to present as objective a story as possible?

GRADE(s): 5th-12th

Characters from Pixar's Inside Out

INSIDE OUT

102 minutes • January 1 – March 31

COURSE TIE-IN:Psychology, Arts, Science

EXPERT TO JOIN CLASS:
Laura Capinas,
EMDR Certified Therapist

THEMES: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models

SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
What does it mean to have “mixed emotions” about something?*

The characters in Inside Out learn and demonstrate many important character strengths — teamwork, communication, self-control, compassion, perseverance, integrity, and empathy. Why are these important?*

GRADE(s): K-12th

* Questions adapted from Common Sense Media.

Student Testimonials

“The stress relief was my favorite part because I am always stressed from school and that made my mind go to like a different world.”
 

Anonymous

Petaluma High School, 12th Grade

“You showed us to love ourselves and each other because we are all humans.”
 
 

Anonymous

Petaluma High School, 12th Grade

“Thank you so much for coming into class and talking about mental health. As someone who just moved, I’ve had some trouble coping with all the accompanying stress, but your presentation was certainly helpful in explaining how to cope, so thank you for that. It also made me think about how well I’m taking care of myself, and that maybe I should try to do a little better. Thank you so much for everything!” 
 
 
 

Claire

Petaluma High School, 12th Grade