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40th Telluride Film Festival
CITY LIGHTS PROJECT
August 28-September 2, 2013
The TFF's City Lights Project provides a select group of high school juniors and seniors and their teacher/chaperons a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of the world renowned Telluride Film Festival high in the Colorado Rockies.
Read what a 2011 City Lights teacher had to say about the program:
I experienced my ‘aha! Moments,’ the kind that get me teary and set my idealism goosebumps to standing on end…watching the interactions my students had with people – whether it was the amazing special guests the City Lights Program arranged, the student filmmakers who my kids recognized as not so different from themselves, or the patrons who honestly saw the faces of the future of film in my kids.
Peter Sellars, in his somehow magical, transformative, free-form talk given to the students, said ‘You do not wait to be invited to a caring community, a better world, an artistic avocation‘…and yet, somehow, we were.
The City Lights Program, above and beyond the thrill of the Festival itself …, was an awakening experience for my kids. I heard thoughts and feelings pouring out of my kids’ mouths that I could have never evoked from them. I know they had never, ever seen movies like those shown at the festival. They had certainly never been exposed to people like Peter Sellars, like Ken Burns ...
What these artists represent to my kids is an opening, an offering, an existential permission slip excusing them from the life that is expected of them, a life that they do not necessarily want.
These kids from conservative homes, from small towns, from limited means, were shown a variant trajectory, maybe for the first time in their lives...
Telluride showed these sheltered kids from the middle of nowhere that someone stepped out of line, or into an unimaginably different line, and not only survived, but thrived, became (and made!) something beautiful, and unique, and admirable … and so could they.
So … thank you for everything you have done, but especially for what you have done for [our] kids.”
Here’s what happens when you and your students participate:
We consider the City Lights Project a continuing education opportunity for high school teachers as well. One of the teachers’ greatest learning opportunities comes from seeing their students quickly expand their ability to express themselves in a highly participatory environment.
High schools outside of Telluride will be selected to attend based on their applications (six students accompanied by two teachers from each school). One group attends annually from Telluride. Teachers interested in providing this opportunity for their students must simply complete the application form and send via mail, fax or email to Erika Moss Gordon, City Lights Coordinator, at the address below.
Use as much or as little space as you need on separate pages to answer each question to your satisfaction.
Completed applications must be received in our offices no later than February 8, 2013. Late applications may not be accepted.
By attending one of the most exciting film festivals in the world, students (and teachers) will have the opportunity not only to screen some of the best and newest selections from world cinema, but also to discuss these films and interact with other students, filmmakers, guest discussants, Festival staff, and general passholders. They will develop lifelong friendships with the peers they meet through this program, find a new confidence in their own abilities and thought processes, and expand their way of looking at the world as well as themselves.
Teachers whose students who are interested in the humanities (history, literature, the visual arts, writing, film, music, etc.) and who would like to use an experience such as the City Lights Project as a launching point for further arts education efforts. An interest in film production is not a requirement.
See the application form for acceptance criteria
PLEASE NOTE: The reviewers will consider a pair of schools or a youth service agency and a school.
Thanks to the contributions from considerate individuals and generous corporations, the Telluride Film Festival is able to cover Festival passes, lodging, meals, supplies, and curriculum materials. Travel to and from the Festival is the responsibility of the participating school(s).
All applications, correspondence and questions should be directed to:
Telluride Film Festival
Attention: Erika Moss Gordon
PO Box 247 Telluride, CO 81435
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