R.A.N.D.: How can documentary film help us find solutions to pressing social issues?

Lead Partner: Deb Lary                                                                        1 credit (Elective)

Description: Surveys across the state say that young people don't feel valued by their community.  In this PBL challenge, we are working to change that. Students in this challenge will partner with people across our community to do valuable work bringing youth concerns and voices to light. Throughout the year, we will focus on the 3 “C”s: Challenges, Connections, and Change! Students will be introduced to documentary film and the exploration of social issues in our schools, homes, community, state, and world.  The class is not about you necessarily, but the issues we focus on are ones that matter to you and your peers, and may include: school stress, the challenges of poverty, teen pregnancy, addiction, sexuality, depression, etc.

Whether you are a beginner or veteran in using video cameras and iMovie, all levels of experience are welcome!  Students will make films, and will determine the best ways for your films to have a positive social impact, locally and beyond!  (P.S. You don't have to be on camera if you don't want to!).

Career Pathways: This challenge will appeal to students interested in film production and editing, graphic arts, social work, and education.