Pam Flood, Distribution Administrator
ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF IT'S ELEMENTARY: TALKING ABOUT GAY ISSUES IN SCHOOL
The Educational Training Version (37 minutes)
The makers of IT'S ELEMENTARY are pleased to announce the availability of a shorter training version of their critically acclaimed documentary film. The new 37-minute educational training version of IT'S ELEMENTARY is designed for workshops, in-service staff training sessions, PTA meetings, or other forums where there is not enough time to show the full-length (78-minute) documentary, or when the emphasis of the session is on discussion time among viewers. "I'm delighted to have this training version," says Jan Garbosky, Co-Chair GLSEN San Diego County (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network). " The original "It's Elementary" is terrific, but I don't always have time to show a full-length film. This version packs as much of an emotional wallop as the original, and covers most of the same issues, but in half the time." Directed by Academy Award-Winner Debra Chasnoff, IT'S ELEMENTARY is a groundbreaking resource for educators and other adults. The video is a window into what really happens when teachers address lesbian and gay issues with their students in age-appropriate ways. With moving footage shot in public and independent schools across the U.S., it goes inside first through eighth grade classrooms to find out what young students have to say about a topic that often leaves adults tongue-tied. All of the scenes in the educational training version are excerpted from the original documentary. In most cases the lessons have been further edited to reduce the time of each scene. This version can be shown from start to finish without interruption, or paused for discussion when it fades to black between scenes shot in different schools.
IT'S ELEMENTARY is being used across the country, in communities large and small, by:
- Teachers, staff and counselors at all grade levels;
- Parents and PTAs;
- After-school and youth service organizations;
- Religious communities;
- Administrators and education policy makers;
- High school, college and graduate students;
- Health care providers;
- Corporate diversity trainers.
A comprehensive Viewing Guide accompanies each video, packed with ideas on organizing screenings, suggestions for facilitating discussions, ideas for how to use the film, and additional resources.
IT'S ELEMENTARY is close-captioned and available with Spanish subtitles. It's available at a 50% discount to individuals and organizations who already own the full-length version.
For complete ordering information, contact New Day Films toll free at 888-367-9154, by fax at 201-652-1973, or by email at TMCNDY@aol.com.
"A sterling production...highly recommended for parents, educators, and other adults."
-* Starred Review, Booklist, American Library Association
"Could become one of the most important films ever devoted to lesbian and gay issues."
-Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
* CINE Golden Eagle, Best Teacher Education Film
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