Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital seeks to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film. View their website.
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CHASING CORAL (DEEPER ENGAGEMENT)
Presented by: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers,
photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are
disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Date(s): February 28, 2018
Time(s): 10 AM & 12 Noon
Length of Event: 2 hours with Film + 30 min Q & A (90 minute film run length)
Location: Lincoln Theater - 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Discipline: Feature Documentary Film - Geography- marine
sciences/oceans/deep sea diving/underwater filming/
Curriculum Connections: The interdisciplinary lesson plans were developed in collaboration with teachers of different disciplines in hopes that any 6th-8th grade teacher could adapt them for his or her classroom. All curriculum components encourage students to work in the style of the Chasing Coral team: diving into complex, autonomous research and embarking on a creative expression of the discoveries. While the lessons rely on scientific content and encourage students to employ scientific methodology in their thinking, they also encourage the mastery of more general skills such as observation, evidence-based conjecture, critical thinking, artistic expression, creative writing, collaboration, and reading comprehension. The lessons are intended to put students in the role of investigator, teacher, or translator, while teachers play the question master or coach.
Grade(s): 6-12 (screening open to grades 6-12);
Grades(s): 6-8 (workshops open to grades 6-8)
Ticket capacity: 1150 per screening
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This is a Deeper Engagement program. Pre- and Post-screening workshops will be offered for for 200 middle school students total, broken down into groups of 100 students per day at two different times during the day, 10 a.m. and 1 pm. No more than 25 students per grouping with a focus on grades 6th-8th. Pre-screening workshops will be scheduled on 2/20 & 2/23. Post-screening workshops will be scheduled on 3/1 & 3/2. More information is available in the lottery request form.
In addition to pre- and post-screening workshops, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is offering a professional development workshop to teachers to help them integrate this experience into the classroom. See the brief description below and indicate your interest in the Lottery Request Form.
This workshop will provide teachers with the information, resources and materials they will need to prepare students for the screening of Chasing Coral. Topics include: science of coral reefs, applying the scientific method to real world problems, and using good storytelling through filmmaking to prompt action.
Post-Screening Workshop Description
During the "post screening workshop the middle school students will be able to meet filmmakers and enjoy "CHASING CORAL: THE VR EXPERIENCE", a 6-minute adventurous underwater VR experience that follows Zackery Rago (film subject), a passionate scuba diver and researcher, as he documents the unprecedented 2016 coral bleaching event at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.