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The Big Sky Film Institute and SPARK! Arts Enhancement screening for elementary-aged students is a field trip for MCPS 6th graders to a special screening accompanied with educational activities and discussion with attending filmmakers during the festival. SPARK! has allowed BSFI to reach a non-traditional age group with documentary film and curriculum-relevant activities, encouraging rich discussion, interactive engagement, and an exclusive experience for an entire grade level. In 2021, this experience will be transitioned to a virtual event, continuing forward our tradition of providing curated selection of shorts and partnership with SPARK! Arts Enhancement team to ensure students have access to global stories, the filmmakers behind them, and new tools to engage with film and media outside the classroom. 

2021 6th Grade SPARK! Arts Enhancement Films: 

Streaming, Feb. 19th - 28th, 2021 for 6th Grade students throughout Missoula County. Registration for the SPARK! block coming soon!

TEAM MERYLAND - 28min - Born and raised in the Watts projects of Los Angeles, 12-year-old boxer Meryland Gonzalez fights in and out of the ring while attempting to be crowned the 2019 Junior Olympics Boxing Champion.

DOWNSTAGE - 13min - Ballet isn’t easy, and 11-year-old Aedan knows it. As he prepares for his first solo ballet competition, seasoned dancers reflect on their own transformative journeys. Together, they process the challenges and rewards of this demanding art form.

LIVE Q&A on Friday, February 26th at 11:05am w/ Director Gabriel Guarno and Producer Julia Elihu!

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Are you an MCPS 6th Grade educator interested in participating? Email Education Programs Coordinator, Julia Sherman, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.