The Avalon Theatre

The nonprofit, community supported historic Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase, DC is a film and education center that entertains, educates and inspires the metropolitan Washington, DC community. View their website and their education page.

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CINEMA CLASSROOM AT THE AVALON
Cinema Classroom at the Avalon brings together academics and film to spark students' creativity, expand their world and develop their critical thinking skills. This year-long series of 5 outstanding films is designed to enhance students' classroom studies and encourage media literacy. Each program consists of a film screening followed by a discussion featuring an engaging guest speaker. An introduction will provide students with background about the film and elements related to film technique. Teachers will receive study guides and trailers in advance. View their season brochure.

A BETTER LIFE (Fall Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"A Better Life" is a touching film that highlights the struggles of undocumented Latina immigrants in Los Angeles, for whom ordinary problems can easily turn into personal catastrophes and who cannot go to the police or the courts for protection. A father’s struggles with his son, as he attempts to provide him with opportunities he never had add an important dimension to this engrossing story.  Running time:  Running time— 98 min.  
Dates: 10/17/17 (for 6-8th grade), 10/18/17 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 100 per performance
View the trailer

 for "A Better Life"

 

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER (Fall Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" tells the story of one of the most remarkable heroes of World War II, saving 2500 Jewish children during the German occupation of Poland. As a social worker with access to the Warsaw Ghetto, Irena realized that thousands of children were in danger. She recruited sympathetic friends and co-workers to smuggle children out and place them in safe homes, farms and convents. At great personal risk, she devised schemes to sneak the children by Nazi guards.  Running time:  95 minutes. 
Dates: 12/5/17 (for 6-8th grade), 12/6/17 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
Ticket Capacity: ​100 per performance
View the trailer

 for "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"


Future Lotteries

Note: Events taking place January-March will be offered in the Winter Lottery (December 5). Events taking place April through the end of the school year will take place in the Spring Lottery (March 5).
 

SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION (Winter Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"Soundtrack for a Revolution" tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music—the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.  The music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence.  The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young.   Running time:  82 minutes.
Dates: 2/13/18 (for 6-8th grade), 2/14/18 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/Film, Music
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
View the trailer

The Lottery Request form for "Soundtrack for a Revolutionwill be available in the Winter Lottery.

 

THE FORCE (Winter Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
“The Force” goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to reform itself amid growing local controversy. Filmmaker Peter Nicks embedded with the department over the course of two years to follow its serial efforts to recast itself. The film focuses on the new chief brought in to effect reform at the very moment the Black Lives Matter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice both in Oakland and across the nation. Please note: There will be no middle school screening of this title. This date is for grades 9-12 only. Running time: 93 min. 
Dates: 2/28/18 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 9th-12th
View the trailer

The Lottery Request form for "The Force" will be available in the Winter Lottery.

 

CHASING ICE (Winter Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
“Chasing Ice” – is a powerful and beautiful documentary about environmental photographer James Balog who heads to Greenland, Iceland and Alaska to capture images that will help to convey the effects of global warming. Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he became convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and became committed to bringing the story to the public.  Running time:  74 minutes.  
Dates: 3/20/18 (for 6-8th grade), 3/21/18 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/ Film, Photography
Curriculum Connections: Science, Civics/Law
Grades: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
View the trailer

The Lottery Request form for "Chasing Icewill be available in the Winter Lottery.

 

FED UP (Spring Lottery)
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
 “Fed Up” upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it by unearthing a dirty secret of the American food industry: far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone previously realized. This potent exposé uncovers why—despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity—generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did. Running time: 92 minutes
Dates: 5/8/18 (for 6-8th grade), 5/9/18 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/ Film
Curriculum Connections: Science, Civics/Law
Grades: 6th-8th, 9th-12th
View the trailer

The Lottery Request form for "Fed Upwill be available in the Winter Lottery.

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