AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture; honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of filmmakers. The AFI Silver presents the richness of American and world cinema, exploring all forms of the moving image in the digital era and sees the screen itself as a source of literacy, learning and vision for the future. View their website and their education page. The mission of their education is to: Engage students in CORE content; use film viewing and filmmaking as tools to conquering the achievement gap; connect film literacy to reading and writing skills; use film viewing as a springboard to discussion of difficult and challenging subject matter; and provide timely professional development for teachers and administrators.

 

AHFES at Cultural Institutions

SCREENING OF “HIDDEN FIGURES” 
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT), the stellar cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. DIR/PROD Theodore Melfi; SCR Allison Schroeder, from the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: May 10th
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 200 students. Please limit your requests to 50 students, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.
Educational Materials

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Screening of "FENCES"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Based on the stage play by August Wilson, FENCES tells the story of Troy Maxson who makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter.
Date: May 11th
Time: 10:00 am
Length of Event: 2 hours 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: English/ language arts
Curriculum Connections: The works of playwright August Wilson
Grades: 10-12
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

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Screening of "GLORY"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

GLORY tells the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. The film focuses on the real-life character of Colonel Robert Shaw who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks) and of his own officers. The production uses many actual Civil War reenactments at nearby sites.
Date: May 15th
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Social studies, African American studies
Curriculum Connections: Civil War
Grades: 8-12
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "Glory"

Screening of "STEP"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, STEP chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Deeply insightful and inspiring, this powerful documentary embodies the courageous young women worth cheering for.
Date: May 14th
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Film/Media; arts/dance
Curriculum Connections: College Readiness,
Grades: 8-12
Ticket capacity: 200 

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "Step"

Screening of "QUEEN OF KATWE"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Description: “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.

Date: May 8th
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Film/Media; Humanities
Curriculum Connections: World Studies, Social Studies
Grades: 5-8
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

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Screening of "WONDER"
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up till now, have prevented him from going to mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Date: May 7th
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Film/Media; Humanities
Curriculum Connections: understanding differences; family; bullying; science projects
Grades: 5-8
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

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Screening of "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO"
Presented by
: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to- the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. The AFI education team will lead a pre and post-film discussion with students.
Date: May 16th
Time: 10:00 am
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities- Social studies, English/language arts
Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights movement, writings of James Baldwin, racism in America, Martin
Luther King Jr., Malcolm X
Grades: 10-12
Ticket capacity: 200

 for "I Am Not Your Negro"


Previous Lottery 

Screening of "12 YEARS A SLAVE'" (WINTER LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
In 1841, Solomon Northup, an accomplished free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find strength to survive. Based on Northup’s diary. Filled with powerful performances by a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities,  AP 11 & 12 English; AP U.S.history
Curriculum Connections: Slavery, Non-fiction essay
Grades: 11-12 only (R-rated)
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 

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SCREENING OF “HIDDEN FIGURES” (WINTER LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Directed by Theodore Melfi (ST. VINCENT), the stellar cast includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. DIR/PROD Theodore Melfi; SCR Allison Schroeder, from the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly. There will also be pre and post-film discussion led by the AFI education team.
Date: Middle School 2/14/2018; High School- 2/15/2018 (Other dates available upon request)
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 200 students. Please limit your requests to 50 students, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.
Educational Materials

  for "Hidden Figures"

Screening of "FREEDOM RIDERS" (WINTER LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson documents the story of an integrated band of college students in 1961 who decided to risk everything and buy a ticket of a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves “the Freedom Riders,” and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation.
Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 10 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/ Film, Social studies, U.S. History, African-American Studies
Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights, Law, Justice
Grades: 11-12
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "Freedom Riders"

Screening of "13th" (WINTER LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D.W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more.
Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Civics, U.S. History, African American Studies
Curriculum Connections: Slavery, Civil Rights, criminal justice
Grades: 12
Ticket capacity: 400

Ticket capacity 400 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "13th"

Screening of "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO"  (WINTER LOTTERY)
Presnted by: AFI Silver and Theatre and Cultural Center

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to- the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities- Social studies, English/language arts
Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights movement, writings of James Baldwin, Racism in America, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X
Grades: 10-12
Ticket capacity: 200

Ticket capacity 200 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

 for Screening of "I NOT YOUR NEGRO"

SCREENING OF “HE NAMED ME MALALA”  (FALL LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school. Instead of being cowed by this horrific attack, Malala began to use the international attention she attracted to advocate for the cause of girls’ education worldwide. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala has continued to focus on the effort to give all girls safe schools, qualified teachers, and the materials they need to learn. The film He Named Me Malala both celebrates her dedication to this cause and gives the viewer insight into her motivation. 
Date: Middle Schools ONLY- 10/2/17, 10/3/17; High Schools ONLY- 10/4/17 
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event:  2 hours and 15 minutes
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Media/Film, Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 200 Students. Please limit your request to 50 students if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.
Educational Materials

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SCREENING OF “ALL IS QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT” (FALL LOTTERY)
Presented by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
AFI Silver Theatre Education Programs offers a screening of the classic film ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, based on the novel of the same name, in honor of Veterans Day. The screening is accompanied by a pre and post film discussion led by one of our teaching artists and written materials to use back in the classroom for discussion and to prepare for the field trip.

“This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.” Written by Michele Wilkinson, University of Cambridge Language Centre, <mw125@cus.cam.ac.uk>
Date: 11/8/2017
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event:  3 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Visual Arts/ Film history
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography, AP history
Grades: 9th-12th
Ticket Capacity: 200 students. Please limit your requests to 50 students, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible.
Educational Materials

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