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FAQs

 

What is Bluescreen?

What is Global Lens, and who is The Global Film Initiative?

How do I get started using Bluescreen?

How do I use Bluescreen in my classroom?

What kind of educational resources are available on Bluescreen?

How do I see a Bluescreen film?

Which films in the current Global Lens series (Global Lens 2009) are designated as educational films?

How are films chosen for Bluescreen?

Do any of the films on this site contain profanity, nudity, violence or other objectionable content?

Can I buy any of the films on Bluescreen?

 

What is Bluescreen?

Bluescreen is an online supplement to The Global Film Initiative’s Education Program, which presents free screenings of Global Lens films for students across the United States and Canada. Films presented on Bluescreen are accompanied by innovative educational resources and web-based media, such as film-clips and blog-based discussion, and are part of the Global Lens film series.

 

What is Global Lens, and who is The Global Film Initiative?

Global Lens is a touring series of films, from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, sponsored by The Global Film Initiative. The Global Film Initiative is non-profit film organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema. All films featured on Bluescreen are part of the Global Lens film series, and supported by The Global Film Initiative.

 

How do I get started using Bluescreen?

  • Search our Film Directory to preview films and educational resources for classroom or personal use.
  • Read our Blog (the Blackboard) to engage in discussions about global culture, film and news.
  • Visit the Classroom to see, purchase or schedule a screening of a film.
  • Surf individual film pages and watch film-clips, read trivia and learn more about each film and country represented on this site.
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    How do I use Bluescreen in my classroom?

    Preview a film using Bluescreen clip-players (on individual film-pages), and then encourage students to attend a screening of the film, or rent/purchase the film through your school’s library. After students have watched the film, use Bluescreen educational resources and clip-players to guide classroom activities, assignments and discussion.

     

    What kind of educational resources are available on Bluescreen?

    Discussion guides are available for each film presented on the Bluescreen site. Each guide is designed to nurture understanding of characters, themes and narrative and aesthetic structures presented in the film, in addition to providing detailed information about the film’s country of origin.

     

    How do I see a Bluescreen film?

    Bluescreen films can either be seen in theaters, or purchased directly from our distributor, First Run Features. If the film is in the current Global Lens film series, check our calendar for screening locations, dates and times. If the film is not in the current series, contact First Run Features to purchase the film. If you’d like to schedule a screening of a film in the current Global Lens series, contact Bluescreen.

     

    Which films in the current Global Lens series (Global Lens 2009) are designated as educational films?

    Mutum
    Those Three (An Seh)
    What a Wonderful World

     

    How are films chosen for Bluescreen?

    Films are selected based on the strength of their narrative structure, cultural insight and thematic relevance to student-audiences. Only films from the Global Lens series are considered for Bluescreen, and films with graphic or extreme language, nudity, sexual content and/or violence are not considered.

     

    Do any of the films on this site contain profanity, nudity, violence or other objectionable content?

    Most films featured on Bluescreen do not contain objectionable or unsuitable content. However, a small number of films do contain adult themes, language and visual content important to the film's narrative, and are clearly identified as containing these elements in both the Film Directory and on individual film pages.

     

    Can I buy any of the films on Bluescreen?

    Films that are not in the current Global Lens series can be purchased by contacting our distribution partner, First Run Features.


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