Category Archives: Film Festival

Daniel Kish: How I Use Echolocation

This month’s Film Festival features the story of Daniel Kish, a blind man who has learned how to use echolocation (think bats!) to get around.

If you missed the event, or want to watch it again, here is the video!

If you’re interested in learning a bit more about Daniel Kish, here is a podcast episode that he features him.

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The Story of Stuff

Today’s film festival got a lot of boys talking… about STUFF! About 40 boys signed up to watch The Story of Stuff, a 2007 video all about production, distribution, consumption and disposal of the things we want, buy, and use. We learned some scary facts, like how companies design products to break on purpose; and how for every can of garbage we make, over 70 cans of garbage went into the production of the stuff we’re throwing out!

If you missed today’s event, you can watch the movie here, and also go to the Story of Stuff website to watch other videos and learn what you can do to make a difference.

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Pink Shirt Day Film Fest!

Yesterday the Library hosted its February film festival, and in honour of Pink Shirt Day, we decided to screen two powerful short films about bullying. First we watched In A Heartbeat, an Icelandic film about a young girl who stands up for a bullying victim; and To This Day, Shane Koyczan’s brilliant and beautiful spoken word poem. We had a really good discussion about the messages of the movies, as well as the use of music and imagery to convey emotions.

If you missed the film fest, or if you’d like to give the videos a second look, check them out below!

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January Film Festival: LEGO and Gender

This month’s film festival screening is today, and it’s proven to be our most popular offering with over 40 boys signed up! It shouldn’t come as a surprise that LEGO is a classic toy at an all-boys’ school. Many of our students play and create with LEGO at home and school, but to what extent is LEGO an inherently male interest? How many girls enjoy LEGO compared to boys? Today we will be watching two short films by Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency all about the history of LEGO’s marketing campaigns for boys and for girls. If you didn’t get a chance to come to the screening, you can watch both films here. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Caine’s Arcade

Last week we held our second Saints Film Festival of the year, and there was a lot of interest in the films we showed. Caine’s Arcade is a short film about a very creative boy named Caine, who created an elaborate arcade out of re-purposed boxes from his dad’s mechanic shop. So many boys at our school love MAKING things, and they were enchanted by the story of Caine’s imagination. In fact, we’re planning on making the Cardboard Challenge our Choice Day offering in April!

If you didn’t get the chance to attend the Film Fest, just click on this link. You can watch both films about Caine there.

Enjoy!

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Project X- Flight

 This month’s edition of the St. George’s Film Festival is Project X- Flight. In keeping with our engineering theme, this film describes the engineering of flight.

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying, then this episode is for you. Project X meets the scientists and inventors who are pushing the limits of flight: from new machines with amazing designs to the human body itself. Engineer Dr. Brian Fleck takes a ride in a hang glider to help illustrate the basic physics of flight, along the way explaining how something the size of an apartment building can actually get off the ground. Grad student Marc Huot then goes skiing in a wind tunnel to unlock the secrets of an Olympic Gold alpine jump. Together they take a look at the human contribution to flight — rocket science. Microbiologist Dr. Jennifer Gardy picks up a few tips from some of Canada’s top fighter pilots on how to sustain performance. And education expert Dr. Brian Alters gets up close and personal with the only mammals capable of really flying — bats.

©2007, CBC.

 

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