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Arts and Education: Missoula students creating movie documentary

Posted: 1:32 PM, Apr 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-04 14:09:03-04

MISSOULA – We headed over to Meadow Hill Middle School for this Arts and Education report where the seventh grade class is working on a project that will get them in front of the big screen.

It’s not your ordinary middle school project. The students are working with the Roxy Film Academy to create a documentary on the overall history and life of Missoula.

From writing the questions to interviewing the experts, these kids were doing and learning every part of the film making process.

“We are teaching them all about being on a film crew.  So yes, we have directors, sound people, light people assistant directors, script supervisors and then they are also learning stop motion,” Roxy Education Coordinator Erin Schneider.

Being able to add a real life and artistic project like this into these kids school day is something that teacher Don Griffith does not take for granted. Because, not only does a project like this benefit the students, it benefits the teachers as well.

“Missoula is a community that is extremely special; there are very few communities in the United States that are artistic driven like Missoula,” Griffith said. “It allows us as teachers an incredible opportunity to work with professionals within the community who work very hard at mastering the arts.

“Then we bring them into the classroom, working with our standards that are set, and it allows us to integrate that into a very artistic opportunity for all of these students,” he added.

The documentary will air during the Wildlife Film Festival at the Roxy on April 13 at 3:30 p.m.