COMMITTED TO THE POWER OF FILM
Film is a powerful tool in communicating ideas. Through film, students learn to formulate their own opinions about global, socio-economic, and environmental issues. This free program has been an integral part of our organization since its inception. The 2019 Reel Learning school program reached a record 1,609 students and teachers in La Plata County public school districts and in alternative schools. By screening compelling films and offering Q&A sessions with filmmakers, students are introduced to a new level of media experience and art appreciation. Our goal for the 2020 program is to expand the program to serve students in the Bayfield School District.
FOUR CORNERS FILM OFFICE
In 2019, the Durango Film Institute brought the Four Corners Film Office into the organization as a program. We are committed to promoting film production in the Four Corners and in serving as a liaison between the production crew and the community, thereby creating positive socio-economic impact.
CLASSIC FILM SERIES
Our Free Classic Film series kicked off in June, 2019 with a Summer of Hitchcock, screening Psycho at the Animas City Theatre. Each month, we hope to bring free classic films to share with the community. However, there may be a few months where a special screening or the festival will replace the free screenings. Please join our newsletter email list so that you can keep up to date on these free screenings.
We’re thrilled to be the annual presenter and partner with the global Manhattan Short Film Festival. We screen these shorts each Fall in Durango, Bayfield, and Cortez. In 2019, the Festival received 1,250 entries from 70 countries, with 10 finalists selected. These films screened in 400 venues worldwide over a 10-day period. This special screening qualifies each of the selected short films for consideration for the 2020 Academy Award Nominations.