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An Oscar-Winning Giveaway: UNDEFEATED on Blu-ray

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The only problem with inspirational movies is that they can be kind of corny. Know what I mean? I’m not talking about message movies, although plenty of those attempt to inspire us–it’s just that their attempts are so transparent that the audience feels like it’s being treated like idiots. (And for some reason we educators, […]

Black History Month Giveaway: ‘King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis’

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Ely Landau’s King: A Filmed Record received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary more than forty years ago, and strangely enough you could see that scenario repeating if it were released today—it’s that riveting, that smart, that important. (And actually this Sunday, it is being “released” again for a single day at select theaters.) Just […]

‘Girl Model’ Re-connects Media Literacy to its Beating Heart

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There’s a danger when you spend a long, long time in the media literacy game…

Giveaway: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack of BULLY

Bully Combo Cover

Young people need to understand the way that media texts position them—even with, or perhaps especially with, those texts whose content they are sympathetic to…

50 Years of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Film: A Chat with Documentarian Mary Murphy

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“I feel there’s a direct line between readers of all stripes — young and old, Pulitzer Prize-winners and middle school students — because they all have a such a strong response to the novel. Community happens around ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’…”

As We Honor Veterans, a Film to Look Out For and Questions to Ask

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Oral history, digital storytelling, critical evaluation of documentaries, fiction vs. non-fiction, and debunking stereotypes… Veterans Day offers all this and more.

Earth Day Viewing: Suggestions and Strategies

from "The Frozen Planet"  (photo credit: © BBC/Discovery Channel)

When we fully accept images in place of the real, or they function merely as a form of entertainment, that means it’s already too late for the planet we’re ostensibly celebrating…