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Teacher forum studies classic Westerns

June 16, 2013


June 16--Local teachers will have a chance for three days in August to go to the movies to view classic Westerns and also see how they link with American history.

"The American West and Western Film Genre" will be held Aug. 1 3 at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper.

The workshop is part of The Film Foundation's innovative educational initiative "Story of Movies."

The program will "offer educators an interdisciplinary curriculum covering this important period of American history (1860 1900) and exploring how 20th-century filmmakers represented this era," a press release from the Library of Congress notes.

Sessions will introduce teachers to the core principles of the initiative and propose topics, lessons and activities around the curriculum. Participating educators will screen films on the topic and take training materials back to their schools for pilot-site testing in their grades five through 12 classrooms.

The idea is to help students better understand the language of film and visual images. The curriculum's objective is to provide students with a better understanding of the various stages of American cultural history by examining the mythology of the Western genre.

During the workshop, morning sessions will focus on cinematic literacy and language, and on films as historical and cultural documents. Support materials include screening activities and primary-source documents.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

Afternoon and evening screenings feature classic Western films selected to the Library of Congress National Film Registry "because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance", the press release continues.

Pre- and post-screening discussions will be held.

The morning workshops require pre-registration and classroom capacity is limited. Educators may register for one, two or three morning workshops. Deadline is Friday, June 21.

Contact Julie Wayne at 323/436-5065 or Provide your name, name of your school, city and state, email address, phone number and attendance date(s).

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A Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and all evening screenings at 7:30 p.m. are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve seats, call 540/827-1079, ext. 79994, or 202/707-9994 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before show time. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before show time to verify status.


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