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Chappaqua Students to Stage Film Premiers at Jacob Burns

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Jacob Burns Film Center will be rolling out the red carpet on Jan. 28 for about 100 young directors from Chappaqua. Seven Bridges Middle School students will be premiering their own movies, which are 2-3 minute interpretations of Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech, "The Four Freedoms."

The project is the culmination of a visual literacy unit completed by four sixth grade English classes at Seven Bridges working with teacher Maria Sarro.

Sarro, who is participating in a two-year course at the Jacob Burns Film Center entitled "Teaching and Technology in the Digital Age," believes that visual media is an increasingly important tool for storytelling. She believes 21st Century communicators “should be as comfortable with a camera in their hands as they are with a pen.”

For their films, students worked in pairs and selected one of the Four Freedoms to interpret through film and in a written piece, both of which will be displayed at the premier.

Students will walk down the red carpet and view their work in the screening room from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab. There will be four separate screening sessions for groups of about 25 students each.

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