AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

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Events taking place between January and March will be available for registration in the Winter Lottery opening on December 3rd. 

Screening of "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to- the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Date: January 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities- Social studies, English/language arts
Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights movement, writings of James Baldwin, racism in America, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X
Grades: 9-12
Ticket capacity: 400 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO"

Screening of "13th"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D.W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more.
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Civics, U.S. History, African American Studies
Curriculum Connections: slavery, Civil Rights, criminal justice
Grades: 12
Ticket capacity: 400 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of "13th"

Screening of “HIDDEN FIGURES” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT), the stellar cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. DIR/PROD Theodore Melfi; SCR Allison Schroeder, from the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 2/14/2019
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of “HIDDEN FIGURES” 

Screening of '12 YEARS A SLAVE'
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

In 1841, Solomon Northup, an accomplished free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find strength to survive. Based on Northup’s diary. Filled with powerful performances by a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Date: February 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities,  AP 11 & 12 English; AP U.S.history
Curriculum Connections: Slavery, Non-fiction essay
Grades: 11-12 only (R-rated)
Ticket capacity: 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of '12 YEARS A SLAVE'

Screening of "The Hate U Give"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Based on the novel by Angie Wells, the film focuses on Starr Carter who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.
Date: February 26th 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Film/Media; arts/dance
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Social Studies, Social Justice
Grades: 8-12
Ticket capacity: 200 (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of "The Hate U Give"

Screening of "GLORY"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

GLORY tells the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. The film focuses on the real-life character of Colonel Robert Shaw who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks) and of his own officers. The production uses many actual Civil War reenactments at nearby sites.
Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Social studies, African American studies
Curriculum Connections: Civil War
Grades: 8-12
Ticket capacity: 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of "GLORY"

Screening of "STEP"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, STEP chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Deeply insightful and inspiring, this powerful documentary embodies the courageous young women worth cheering for.
Date: March 4th 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Film/Media; arts/dance
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Social Studies, Social Justice
Grades: 8-12
Ticket capacity: 200 (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

for Screening of "STEP"


Previous Lotteries

Screening of "He Named Me Malala"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school. Instead of being cowed by this horrific attack, Malala began to use the international attention she attracted to advocate for the cause of girls’ education worldwide. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala has continued to focus on the effort to give all girls safe schools, qualified teachers, and the materials they need to learn. The film He Named Me Malala both celebrates her dedication to this cause and gives the viewer insight into her motivation.

Dates: 10/2/18, 10/3/18, 10/4/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Civics/ Law, Diversity, History/Geography
Grades: 5th - 8th (10/2/18 and 10/3/18), 9th -12th (10/4/18)
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Introductory PacketCurriculum Guide; Interactive Handouts 

Screening of "Hidden Figures"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT), the stellar cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. DIR/PROD Theodore Melfi; SCR Allison Schroeder, from the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 10/2/18, 10/3/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Civics/ Law, Science, Math, History/Geography
Grades: 5th - 8th
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Information and Discussion

Screening of "Wonder"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up till now, have prevented him from going to mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Date: 10/15/18, 10/16/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity
Grades: 4th - 8th
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Introduction and Discussion

Screening of "Queen of Katwe"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: 10/22/18, 10/23/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, History/Geography
Grades: 5th - 8th
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Introduction and Discussion

Screening of "October Sky"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

In a 1950's mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer's father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.
Date: 10/29/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Civics/ Law, Science, Technology, Math
Grades: 7th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Information and Discussion

Screening of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (Election Day)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Through a series of fortunate, and unfortunate, events, an unsophisticated local hero, Jefferson Smith, is appointed a US Senator. The people pulling the strings in his party and State figure that he will be compliant and malleable and basically stay out of the way of their plans, some of which aren't entirely ethical, or legal. However, a well-intentioned deed sets off a dramatic chain of events, a series of events that will see him at odds with his colleagues, with the shadowy, bullying power brokers and with the entire Senate. Great film for studying how a bill becomes law and the processes of the legislative branch.
Date: 11/7/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: Civics/ Law, History/Geography
Grades:12th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Screening of "Saving Private Ryan" (Veterans' Day)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

As part of our Veterans' Day presentations, this film provides an up-close view of World War II for students studying this war.The film opens with the Allied invasion on the Normandy beach on June 6, 1944. Cpt. Miller and members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion fight to secure the beachhead. During the invasion, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier, the third brother was killed in New Guinea. The mother of the brothers is about to recieve the grave telegrams at the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he finds out that there was also a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, who went missing somewhere in France. He sends Cpt. Miller and seven other people from the 2nd Ranger Battalion to go look for him and bring him back to his mother. Note the longer field trip time.
Date: 11/13/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 11th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Introduction and Discussion

Screening of "The Noise and the Fury" (Veterans' Day)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Not everything has been told about World War I. This documentary tries to explain the inexplicable: how tens of millions of men could have suffered the unbelievable toughness of life in trenches during 4 years, season after season, day after day, night after night? How could they have accepted the idea of a sure death or injury while they could not even tell the exact reason why they were fighting? What you are about to see can seem crazy: WW1 was maintained by a general consent.
Using primary source materials and a fictional French soldier as narrator this film explores every aspect of THE GREAT WAR, from the political to the personal.
Date: 11/14/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 11th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Introduction and Discussion

Screening of "Glory" (Veterans' Day)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, told mostly through the eyes of their commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (played by Matthew Broderick). Formed during the American Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts was the first African-American unit in the US Army. We see the formation of the regiment, its first volunteers, their training, disputes with administrators, their first operations in South Carolina and, finally, their moment of glory - the attack on Fort Wagner.
This Academy Award winning film provides a great study or history vs. Hollywood "history" as well as an accurate visualization of the tactics, weaponry and costs of the Civil War.
Date: 11/15/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline:  Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 8th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.)

Supplementary Materials: Information and Discussion Guide

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