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Film Studies

I am a bellows for sparks of creativity. - ESD Manifesto

Our Film Studies program encourages students to step behind the lens and not only understand, but better appreciate film as an art form. By first learning the history of film and studying its major directors, students build a foundation for analyzing film techniques that they later use to produce their own films.

"The viewing and making of films is a way for us to reflect upon our society's past," explains film teacher Bobby Weiss. "By studying films, we can increase our understanding of our culture and the society that produced them."

Fifth Annual ESD Film Festival

Upper school film students hosted their fifth annual Film Festival on April 30, where they screened a variety of works they have created during the 2020-21 school year with their peers. A reel of all student film submissions from the event has been compiled and can be viewed in the following video.

Student filmmakers present their works each year at the annual Film Festival, a red carpet event for all ESD families and friends. 

Film and acting students and their advisers attended the All American High School Film Festival in New York, where they presented their film "The Art of the Perfect Brew," a dark comedy about brewing tea.

This year, Film, English, and History classes welcomed Mr. Marc Lapadula to campus for a series of lectures on film. Students attended "How To Watch Movies Like A Film Professor and Films That Changed America" and "Short Stories/Storytelling."

Learn more here. 

Learn More About Our Film Studies Program