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Issues in Narrative and Documentary Film/Modern Film

Instructor
Bret Polish
Term
2017-2018 School Year
Department
Independent Study
Description

Welcome to Issues in Narrative and Documentary Film/Modern Film with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Friday from 8:15 – 10:30 am and your attendance there is required. Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work. My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.  

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Dear White People (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RBV1GIG?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_aiv&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_aiv-20).

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Modern Film Semester 2 Essay Final

Have modern films changed our culture?   Using examples from at least six of the films we have seen this semester write a five-paragraph essay explaining how modern films have shaped our country for better or worse.  Be sure to cite no less than six examples from the class to support your analysis. 

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The ISM Project Final

Now that you know a little bit more about some of the problems in this country, you, like John Lennon, are ready to "imagine" a better world.  Therefore, your final project is an opportunity to fully express what it is that you believe and how you want to imagine the world. 

On your final, I want you to think about some of the problems in contemporary U.S. society and how we can solve them.  In this class so far, we have examined racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism as well as some of the ideological movements that have arisen to challenge these worldviews – feminism, anti-racism, and unionism, in particular.

However, instead of simply latching on to an already established “ism,” I want you to create your own worldview, your very own “ism.”

In other words, for your final, your job is to convince the class that if everyone adopted your worldview, this world would be a better place.

Your worldview must be elucidated through a visually appealing poster or powerpoint that includes the following things:

  1. A name for your “ism.”  For instance, if you believe that the world would be a better place if everyone played a musical instrument, your worldview could be called “musicism.”
  2.  An analysis of the problem(s) that you want to solve.  This must be at least one full paragraph.
  3. 10 precepts that form your “ism.”  Precepts are statements of belief and your beliefs are things that you want people to do to create the kind of world you want to see.
  4. A paragraph-long explanation of each precept.  Therefore, your poster must include at least 11 paragraphs in total!
  5. At least 2 pictures.

Your “ism” presentation must last at least 10 minutes and include the following:

  1. An explanation of each of your precepts.
  2. Some kind of performance/skit/song/poem/activity/game that proves that your ism will make the world a better place.  For instance, if your ism is “musicism,” you might want to consider bringing a drumstick for every member of the class in order to lead a class drum session.

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Babel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42fs2HgNbMw).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Cartel Land (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkLlO-nY6G8).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Moonlight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1CRTX8Kdag).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to The Big Short (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j13KSg4l9gM).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Inside Job (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYm_oEO5iyE).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to The Corporation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrhqtY2khc).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Fed Up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HI_woehm0Q).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Food, Inc. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRp71BwRW8c).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Pride (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv4XKNUAzCM).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Inequality for All (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQYNdrr-ns).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to A Monster with a Thousand Heads (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBXBhRC4cC0).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Sicko (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaB5K-PvnSY).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Two Days, One Night (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr_u7nhizrQ).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Bread and Roses (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l64hpgIDUKk).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to The Wrestler (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH2_7ma70Yk).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry reflecting on your reactions to Hell or High Water (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywp9WjUnBOI).

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Mr. Polish will be showing several R-rated films in Issues in Narrative and Documentary Film and Modern Film this semester.   Students need permission from a parent/guardian to see these films.

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EXTRA CREDIT:  Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Children of Men (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QgOUWsFeKg).

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Modern Film Essay Final (DUE BY 8:15 AM FRIDAY -- NO EXTENSIONS)

What can modern films tell us about our culture today?   Using examples from at least six of the films we have seen this semester write a five-paragraph essay explaining what we can learn from modern films.  Be sure to cite no less than six examples from the class to support your analysis. 

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Documentary Film Proposal Final  (DUE BY 8:15 AM FRIDAY -- NO EXTENSIONS)

You have now seen a number of documentaries and films that deal with contemporary issues.  If you were a documentary filmmaker what issue would you want to address?  For your final project, you must submit a written proposal about the documentary you would like to make!

Your proposal must come in the form of a powerpoint or poster that you will present to class on the last day.  It must include the following things: 

  1. A paragraph outlining the issue that you would like to make the public aware of.
  2. A paragraph explaining your bias on this issue.
  3. Two political cartoons that represent your position on this issue (if you can’t find any online, you can make them yourself!)
  4. A one page outline of what will be in your film (Who will you interview? What will you show?  What facts/statistics/charts will you include?)

You will be graded on the depth and complexity of your proposal as well as how well you engage the class.

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to An Inconvenient Truth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZUoYGAI5i0).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Jaula de Oro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLsBnEVWjZM).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Which Way Home (https://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/192581).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Together/Tilsammans (https://www.netflix.com/title/60021452).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Boys Don't Cry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stFD3UQmCE0).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to Brokeback Mountain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne1PS9dEuA0).

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "Killing Us Softly (https://www.kanopystreaming.com/product/killing-us-softly) and "Flirting with Danger" (https://www.kanopystreaming.com/wayf/product/flirting-danger-power-choice-heterosexual-)

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "Kramer vs. Kramer" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjRsx2zOSOI)

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "13th" (https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741)

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "Bamboozled" (https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Bamboozled/60002959)

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "Boyz n the Hood" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DN3liMVb_0)

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Write a 10 sentence journal entry on your reactions to "Crips and Bloods:  Made in America" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdv08c0aiTE)