Educational Program

Education for the Next Generation at States of Minds

Dedicated to the vibrant Israeli youth community, the Educational Programs specifically highlighted the role of cinema as a universal language and in helping to increase mutual understanding across cultural boundaries and media literacy.  Through film learning workshops and film screenings, the young participants worked under the guidance of film professionals to gain a better understanding of the cinematic arts. The programs were geared towards youth communities, that otherwise, may have not had the opportunity to become exposed to cinematic art and culture.


The One Minutes | Workshop 10

Film Workshops
Conducted August 4th - 8th 2013 

Over the course of a week, 6 aspiring young adolescent film directors were given the opportunity to envision, conceptualize, and finalize, their own ideas.  Together with our partners at The Center for Digital Arts in Holon, States of Minds was able to provide the means for the teens to produce six powerful, abstract one-minute short films, and have them screened at the Opening Night Event in Tel Aviv.

Premiere of Film Workshop Screenings

The Educational Program included a special screening event in Tel Aviv. The US Ambassador, Daniel B. Shapiro, publicly presented the films in Israel, at the States of Minds Opening Night event, to an audience of 450 attendees in Tel Aviv.

Youth Programs

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The Youth Programs were coordinated in partnership with The US Embassy Tel Aviv in Israel, The American Center in Jerusalem and The American Film Showcase. Multiple screenings and discussions were held in five locations throughout Israel: Tel Aviv, Haifa (The Jewish-Arab Cultural Center Beit Hagefen), Al Birya (The Youth Development Resource Center) and Holon and Jerusalem (Cinematheque).

Screening of 'Brooklyn Castle' and Director Kate Dellamaggiore Q&A

Students & the young participants had the opportunity to learn from American film director Katie Dellamaggiore. Katie introduced her film, Brooklyn Castle to young audiences and their teachers. Her documentary tells the story of a junior high school chess team from a below-the-poverty-line inner city area. Throughout the film the team dominates the competition in multiple national championships. Ultimately, their success exposes the students to new perspectives and hopes for what their lives could be.