Whether you’re looking for flex Friday activities you can do as a family or something your kids can do on their own, why not enjoy a movie? We’ve paired some of our favorite films available on various streaming platforms with three self-guided lessons on characters, camera, and mise-en-scene. There are prompts for while you watch and activities to foster a deeper appreciation for the art of film!
Activities are divided into age groups: 8 – 12 and 13+ and include age-appropriate films from a variety of genres. When available, we’ve incldued the MPAA rating along with the Common Sense rating for all films, so you can decide what films are right for you and your kids.
Go at your own pace, watch as much as you’d like, or apply these concepts to other favorite films!
fun for all ages
Print, color, assemble, and play with this DIY movie theater kit designed by local puppeteer & artist John Bowhers! Your digital download will include all the files necessary to build your movie theatre + 3 characters to grace your mini silver screen.download
Learn about the life of a true American hero and feminist icon, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In honor of her legacy, we’re bringing back the beloved documentary RBG (2018). Buy now from our virtual cinema and own a digital copy of the film.Purchase
Cine Mexico Now Short Films
Our Cine Mexico series may be over, but you can still enjoy this fun, free program of 6 Spanish-language short films! This family-friendly compilation includes both narrative drama and dazzling animation featuring a variety of subjects: a junk yard solar system, dancing shadows, a pet pig named Carnitas, rumba-loving mosquitoes and more!Watch Now
let’s learn about character!
Ages 8 – 12
Films include Akeelah & the Bee, Whale Rider, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, My Neighbor Totoro, Raiders of the Lost Arc, and Jane.watch + learn
Films include Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Knives Out, Eighth Grade, Support the Girls, Amelie, and The Painter & The Thief.watch + learn
let’s learn about camera!
Ages 8 – 12
Films include Wadjda, March of the Penguins, The Red Balloon, A Series of Unfortunate Events.watch + learn
Films include Vertigo, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Super 8, Cameraperson, Days of Heaven, Black Pantherwatch + learn
let’s learn about mise-en-scene (staging)
Building on the previous lessons, mise-en-scene is about everything that goes into a scene from costumes and props to lighting and color–and how it’s all arranged!
Ages 8 – 12
Films include Spirited Away, Missing Link, and a documentary on British stop-motion artists!watch + learn
Films include Fantastic Mr. Fox, Honeyland, and Portrait of a Lady on Firewatch + learn