Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies
As part of its ongoing commitment to children’s education, SBIFF’s program Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies educates 4,000 fifth and sixth grade Santa Barbara County students in a one-day program during the Festival. Founded by the late acclaimed nature cinematographer Mike DeGruy, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies explores how to use the art of filmmaking to stimulate creative, confident and culturally aware thinkers and empower students and teachers with a creative approach to education. To guarantee that underserved populations can experience this opportunity, SBIFF provides FREE transportation to students from Title I schools (low-income demographic areas).
The program begins with a screening of a 3D film that has themes consisting with the program’s goals. Directly following the film will be a discussion with the film’s director covering many topics but all revolving around educating our youth to follow their dreams. In the past, Oscar winners James Cameron (“Titanic” “Avatar”), Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Gore Verbinski (“The Pirates of the Caribbean” “Rango”) have been in attendance and educated our Santa Barbara county fifth and sixth graders. Last year, director Peter Ramsey joined SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling in educational discussions following screenings of his film “Rise of the Guardians”.
If you are a principal or teacher interested in having your fifth or sixth grade class attend the upcoming session of Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, please send an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.