High School Day Promotes Importance of Arts Education at DIFF 2015 | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

High School Day Promotes Importance of Arts Education at DIFF 2015

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It was a beautiful day at Klyde Warren park today when over 440 students descended in the arts district from over 20 high schools. They were welcomed by a host of Dallas Film Festival volunteers an Renee Contreras, Director of Membership, Education and Outreach, who has been at the helm of High School Day for the past 5 years.

Students participated in a rotation of five separate workshops including a look at the Gorman exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art, which taught them the artistic side of portraits.


From there, students made their way to Trammel Crow, where they learned How to Make Film History, presented by Southern Methodist University’s Film and Media Arts Department…Then, across the street at the Nasher Sculpture Center, students found out what it takes to Make a Great Documentary, presented by representatives from SMU and the University of North Texas.


Next, they off to the Forced Perspective & Visual FX workshop presented by MediaTech Institute, where Eric applied the portrait perspective to modern digital

Coming full circle, students then headed back to the DMA with Producing 101 with producers Kerri Navarro and Erin Elizabeth Gardner and how women are making a difference through film. Read more about the exhibit and High School Day at the DMA HERE.


Rounding out the day at Klyde Warren, students were greeted by the coolest stuntman in DFW, Freddie Poole…from SIN CITY and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, to NOW YOU SEE ME AND G.I. JOE, he has sparred with the best of ‘em!

High School Day is just one of the many educational programs held during the Dallas International Film Festival. Each year, the Festival also provides a series of master classes with film industry leaders.

The Dallas Film Society aims to deliver these kinds of programs throughout the year to promote arts and film education to film lovers of all ages.




L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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