The goal of the Film Studies Program is to expose students to the history of film beginning with its conception in the late 1800s. Students explore how movies are made, the techniques used to tell visual stories, and how to critically analyze a film.

An examination of the development and evolution of the American studio system, the foreign film expansion, how films are used as propaganda and social commentary, and the great acting/directing/producing auteurs in movie history are included in the study.

Students have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of films (ranging from the first films created in the late 1800s/early 1900s to current day), write critical analysis of films, create their own short screenplays, and produce their own short films.

Students also have the opportunity to have any film or script they have created reviewed, analyzed, and critiqued to expand their craft.

Students have had their work honored by the following festivals and competitions:

  • The All American High School Film Festival
  • North by Northeaster Film and Theatre Festival
  • The Broke Student Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Student Television Network Competition
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • The Santa Monica Student Film Festival
  • The Toronto Student Film Festival