Film4All is a program that offers cinema education, discussions and workshops for the public. Many of the films we screen at SIFF start a conversation, inspire an action or pose a question. These forums and workshops provide a place for cinema audiences to discuss these issues, as well as learn the basic skills to make a film themselves.
Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Over six hours, an expert facilitator will share the stage with audience observations as they work scene-by-scene through a great film.
During the 60s, Hollywood turned its cameras toward an era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that was exploding across the country. In the decades that followed, some of America's most iconic filmmakers would use the radical 60s as a lens to dramatically reflect the revolution of history. This class will look at Hollywood's relationship with the 1960s, starting with how the counterculture was filmed as it happened and then exploring how the era's legacy continues to captivate audiences today. Taught by film historian John Trafton.
Propaganda in Film explores the contemporary relevance of four films which were designed or had the effect of influencing public opinion for a specific purpose. For over a century, film, as one of the most important forms of mass communication, expresses and reflects a society's way of seeing itself. Using films from Germany, Japan, Russia, and the USA, this course, taught by Dr. Richard J. Meyer, will seek to understand the intentions behind the use of the film medium to influence the beliefs of the populus.
April 6 - 27, 2017
Explore the essence of the genre known variously as "women's films," "weepies," and "melodrama" and discuss how filmmaker Douglas Sirk transformed those labels through sheer, irresistible style, making himself one of the Essential Directors. Our course, in four weekly sessions, will investigate the appeal and allure that have made Sirk's film making loom increasingly larger as generation after generation of film enthusiasts and film makers discover and rediscover his art.
The 1999 cult classic The Matrix tapped into a universal theme in the collective psyche: The Hero's Journey-- a timeless story construct still relevant to scriptwriters, filmmakers, and film lovers today. Join media educator Malory Graham for this exploration of Neo's classic character arc in The Matrix and how it still informs screenwriting and filmmaking today.