It is the mission of the BOOST Film Festival to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers and to share their work so that it may inspire, educate, and transform youth and professionals in the youth work field.  

The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. When available, the BOOST Film Festival strand also offers the opportunity for post-film discussion with the filmmakers or representatives from the film company.

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Wednesday, April 19

most likely to succeedMost Likely to Succeed 
Moderator: Mike Strong, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High, San Diego, CA

Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America's new college graduates areunable to find employment. Director Greg Whiteley (Mitt, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective.

Charter schools like San Diego's High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Whiteley follows students, teachers, and parents to see if this different model can reawaken the love of learning and offer the potential for a paradigmatic shift in education.

Wednesday, April 19

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Moderator: Alvaro Rodriguez, Director of After School Operations, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra. 

Landfill Harmonic shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. 

 Thursday, April 20

screenagers film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Moderator: Lisa Tabb, Co-Producer & Co-Executive Producer, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital World, San Francisco, CA 

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Thursday, April 20

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Moderators: Matty Steinkamp, Director of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ; Tracy Perkins, Producer of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ

Play The Documentary is a film to inspire more people to play music. This independent crowdfunded film features musicians, educators, and organizations from all over the world sharing their stories and talents with our cameras. ‘What would out world be like without music? What if we never learned to play?’ We ask at the front of the film. Play the documentary focuses on the importance of music education in public schools and the values and lessons that are being taught right now in 2015. The film’s goal is to share the wonder and beauty of music in a worldly variety of personalities that will hopefully allow you to connect and become inspired to play music.

Thursday, April 20

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Moderator: Erin Browder, School Climate Specialist and Teaching and Learning Consultant, Erin Browder, LLC, Redondo Beach, CA

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Friday, April 21 

Student Body film poster The Student Body
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington DC

In an effort to address the obesity epidemic, notification letters are being sent to students whose body mass do not fall within a narrow range deemed “acceptable” by the government; essentially telling children, even as young as kindergarteners, that they are fat.  When a determined sixth-grader in Ohio voices her protest against the ‘fat letters’, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government. 

THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story about two brave girls who take a stand against bullying and government hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths behind the childhood obesity debate.






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