Friday Afternoon Film Club Brings Students Together
Remember what going to the movies was like (before COVID...)? Ah, those were the days.
During the 2020–21 school year our students are participating in an online Film Club every other Friday afternoon to watch cinema classics together. Beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and making our way through works like Jaws, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Do the Right Thing, students have been hanging out in a non-classroom setting while learning a thing or two about what makes movies great: visual spectacle, a compelling plot, meaningful character development, attention to detail in camera work and set design.
“I joined Film Club as a way to relax after a long week of classes. It's good to be in a club where we can just sit back and chill and not have to worry about assignments," says Lakyah Polk '23.
Students are learning to "read" films of master storytellers—and they are having lots of fun doing it. Meeting "chats" throughout the viewings are rife with comments like “WHAAAAAT…?!?!?” and “Oh no she didn’t!”
“It’s always a fun time and I love seeing new movies from genres I won’t usually seek out to watch, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” says Kennedy Pereira '22.
Students of all grades, staff, and even family members are welcome to join Film Club at any time. Film Club "elders" have been known to share their experiences of moviegoing from days of yore as students experience these great stories for themselves.
-- Alex Roth