Education Screenings & Study Guides
At Cinema/Chicago, we recognize that film is a powerful tool. Established in 1992, our year-round Education Screenings Program brings film to Chicago students, showcases the creativity of young filmmakers and facilitates the development of young audiences.
We bring over 7,000 Chicago Public School students (grades 6-12) into theaters throughout the school year and during the Chicago International Film Festival for FREE Education Screenings. Films are programmed that relate to CPS curriculum, exposing students to films from other cultures, in other languages, and about complex and engaging subjects.
Prior to Education Screenings, study guides are provided to give students background to the cultural context of the films, highlight themes and historical references and introduce questions that encourage personal examination of the films’ subject matter. Each screening is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, subjects and/or film professionals and professors.
The goals of the program are to give students from across the city the opportunity to view unique films and in the process, transform them from passive audience members to active, engaged viewers and thinkers. Because Chicago Public Schools have limited resources to provide students with field trip experiences, this program provides buses, theaters, films, speakers, study guides and teacher support entirely FREE.
Study guides from past Education Screenings are available to educators to use any time in the classroom. For additional questions or lesson ideas, as well as where to find past films, please contact Education Manager Lauren Ponto.