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Film Appreciation: The Art of Cinema

Calling all movie buffs! This course is for students who want to explore movies in depth. We’ll screen two films each day, interspersed with discussions and lectures. This is a unique opportunity to discover some lesser-known masterpieces. We'll view a selection of films from the list below.

While we avoid films with excessive violence, sexual content, drug use and profanity, we will screen some R-rated titles. Because those films do contain some adult material, we require parental permission at the time of registration. We urge parents to learn about the films we'll be screening.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dirty Harry
Double Indemnity
or In a Lonely Place
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Get Out
Hell or High Water
L.A. Confidential
Rear Window
Rebel Without A Cause
The Rider
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
The Silence of the Lambs
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
The Wolfpack

Who It’s For

This program is for incoming 10th to 12th graders.


Josephine Cripps has taught English, history and drama in Seattle Public Schools since 2000. She earned her M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA and has worked in story development for MGM, United Artists and other motion picture production companies. A recipient of the Washington State Excellence in Journalism Award, she is the author of a novel, Friends and Fortunes. She thinks the best job in the world is teaching young writers a few tricks and then getting out of their way. 

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Jul 8–Jul 19, 2019

10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
May 15 (100%)