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On Breaking the 4th Wall: Education Program, Spring 2017 

The fourth wall in theater or film is the one that separates the actors or characters from us. Actors in modern realistic theater ignore the audience, focusing their attention solely on the dramatic world. Disengaged from the audience, they are, for all intensive purposes, “alone” in a public setting -- but perhaps for the conceptual …

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Remembering Mort Schindel 

Stepping into the colorful book mobile parked in front of the main steps of Teachers College, I stumble across Clifford, of all creatures. Big, red, and furry, for real. Bigger, in fact, than the person whom I really came to see -- Mr. Morton Schindel, distinguished alumnus (M.A, audiovisual education, 1946) and founder of Weston Woods, …

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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors 

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

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Shooting – exploitation or compensation? 

I was reading this morning about the filming of Denzel Washington's new film The Safe House, also starring Ryan Reynolds. The film is shot on loaction in one of the informal settlements in Cape Town,  South Africa. The site for the shoot is in some of the the most notorious areas where gang warefare and …

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Robot Stories 

Title:Robot stories  Director:Greg Pak Publisher:New York, NY : Kino on Video,  Check It OutPN1995.9.S26 R63 2005 From the Publisher: Winner of over 30 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories starring Tamlyn Tomita ("Joy Luck Club," "Babylon 5") and Sab Shimono ("The Big Hit," "Suture") in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android …

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“…In the Woods…” 

The train deposits us in the middle of the track – no station stop, rails glisten in the mid-morning sun of early October. We alight, gingerly stepping through the long ladder of metal, breathing in the coolness of soil, happy to flee the city noise and soot. We trek to the rocks and begin our …

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Books to movies… 

There is a rule in my house - you cannot watch a movie that is based on a novel or short-story without having read the text first. Initially it was so that my kids would read, and would put reading first-  so that it inculcated them with the idea that text allows for it's own …

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Burning in the Sun 

Title: Burning in the sun Directors: Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson Produced by: Indieflix, 2010 Check It Out: TJ810 .B8 2010 DVD From the Production Company: 26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world.  Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, …

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“Makings of the Sea” 

If we follow the light of Albert Camus and use the sea as a metaphor, we explore how “aesthetics inhabit and define the Mediterranean as a common cultural horizon founded on difference.” Maltese-born author  John Badacchino provides a wonderfully rich and inspiring talk on Makings of the Sea: Journey, Doubt, and Nostalgia (Gorgias Press, 2010), …

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Music, Conversation, and Interpretive Understanding with Emir Lewis 

Emir Lewis has edited and/or produced approximately 20 motion pictures, including those for television: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (2008) and Year of the Bull (2003). Renowned for his use of music, coupled with his tackling of controversial subjects, Mr. Lewis' works include: Woodstock, Now and Then (2009); AIR (America’s Investigative Reports, 2008); Mr. …

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