People most often describe their experiences at Mountainfilm in Telluride, or from the tour shows that travel the world, as “inspiring” and, even, “life-changing.” We love that kind of feedback. But think about this: If Mountainfilm dramatically changed your life in some way, how could it affect kids?
We know the answer. Mountainfilm’s Making Movies That Matter has already reached over 700 students in classrooms. Our initiative offers teachers and students the chance to view a content-rich documentary and then learn how to use footage from that film to craft their own short video reactions to the themes and issues raised in it — a process that builds skills in critical thinking, visual literacy, creativity and technology. The response from both teachers and youth has been uniformly positive. We often hear many of the same words you use to describe our festival.