My First Media in 2 Chicago Schools
The ICMC’s acclaimed My First Media program has reached 225 kindergarten and 1st grade students at Budlong School since January and 120 PreK and Kindergarten students at Darwin School School starting in March. The popular residency teaches healthy screen viewing practices for children ages 3-7, while addressing ELA Common Core frameworks and enhancing literacy, communication skills, vocabulary development, and higher order thinking.
ICMC Announces Presenting Partners for 2015 ICFilmFest !

Exciting plans are in place with ICMC Presenting Partners for the 2015 ICFilmFest which returns to the Albany Park Community Center in June, Pilsen's Club One in July and Bowen Park in August.  Darwin School is 2015's newest Presenting Partner.  Stay posted for final dates and schedules!

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ICMC Workshops: PD with Real Results

Choose from the latest ICMC Professional Development workshops.

1. Using Media & Technology to Improve Common Core Outcomes

These dynamic techniques foster strong literacy skills, promote thinking, reasoning and teamwork skills and increase educator confidence in using technology. The result:  better learning and happy students. All Grades.

2. Media-Based Learning Strategies for ELL Learners

Essential methods for using narrative media to stimulate discussion, prompt critical thinking and improve ELL students’ abilities in many common core frameworks. All Grades

3. My First Media - Practical Pedagogies for Using Media to Improve ECE 

With this dynamic PD, educators will be able to improve literacy skills, teach higher order thinking and help their youngest students develop a positive relationship to media. See our evidence-based approaches on video. PreK-1st.

4. Instant RECESS – What to Do When Students Get “Wiggly”

Instant RECESS helps educators regain control on chaotic or unpredictable days. Teachers learn lively, simple physical and vocal techniques to boost classroom energy and focus. Prek-5th.

ICMC PD days are booking fast! Call 773-528-6854 now for all-faculty PD or email

ICMC Call For Entries - Each Entry Eligible for 5 Festivals!
Don’t miss out on the ICMC’s impressive season of festivals for 2014-15.
Enter your film to be considered for five ICMC events: UPLift Festival, ICFilmFest, WorldScene Teen Festival, Global Girls and My First Media. Download our Entry Form.
Entry Fee - $60/Short Film;  $100/Feature Film

Deadline:  December June 15, 2015
Contact for additional information!
ICMediaCenter Programs!

Media are the most influential forces in children’s lives and an understanding of media is crucial for success 
in a global, digital culture. ICMC programs will introduce new ways of thinking about media and redefine how we, as a culture, 
view and use media.

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Become An ICFilmKid!

HELP US pick the movies!  If you are age 6-18 and you want to be part of the ICFilmKid Club, send us your information and we’ll post our new films on line for you to rate. Before you start, we’ll give you a special training webinar, so you know what to watch for! Sign-up now to be an ICFilmKid.


Transformative Festivals Launched: Global Girls & Women’s View


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With leadership funding from the Leo S. Guthman Fund, the ICMC is launching unique festivals of  female-focused short films for, by and about girls and women. The 14-week programs will take place in agencies serving marginalized female populations, including New Moms for homeless teen mothers and the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Contact for more information or to submit your film.
Driehaus Grant Sends ICMC Submissions Coordinator to TIFF
ICMC Wins WIF Production Grant!

ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske traveled to LA on 9/16 to talk to Women in Film LA about making “screen time” an opportunity for early childhood development.  The ICMC has been selected for WIF's 2015 professional production grant to create a 45-second spot teaching parents and children “how to watch a movie with their minds' awake”. 
Women in Film will audition professional actors, writers, producers and directors to work with the ICMC to produce a video that will be distributed across multiple electronic media platforms.

'Cosmic Avenger' Wins ICFilmFest at Club One in PIlsen!

The mixed-media animated film 'The Cosmic Avenger' capitvated audiences with it's fantastical settings and colorful characters, winning the the "Best of Fest" prize from the second annual ICFilmFest at Club One in Pilsen.

'The Cosmic Avenger' Finland, Directed by Mariko Härkönen and Ismo Virtanen

Enthusiastic festival voters commented on their favorite films:
The Cosmic Avenger - "
It was cool the way they did the pictures. They look different and funny." - Damian

Kingdom of Cats - "My favorite is 'Kingdom of Cats' because it was so wonderful to look at and the phantom is actually nice." - Melanie Labra

Flap Crashers - "'Flap Crashers' really showed me not to give up." - Nicolas

Lexdysia - "I like 'Lexdysia' best because it shows how dyslexia can be like a monster. Even the title was creative. - Jon

Ormie - "I liked 'Ormie.' It taught me sometimes you don't always get what you want no matter how hard you try." - Miranda Liu

Final screening from My First Media program draws parents, press

The 2014 My First Media program at Kozminski Community Academy concluded with a special ICFilmFest screening that gave parents the chance to see their kids demonstrating what they learned in the class.

ICMC Exec. Dir. Nicole Dreiske instructs kids on how to constructively engage screens in the My First Media program at Dumas Technological Academy
The Hyde Park Herald covered the event with a front page article by education reporter Daschell Phillips in its current issue. The article quotes parent Thomas Schmidt who attended the final screening and whose three-year-old daughter participated in the My First Media program for pre-school at Kozminski this year, saying:

"The big thing I noticed is that Charlotte is incorporating the vocabulary from the films into her everyday language,” Schmidt said. “Also, she was so excited about one of the films that she came home and told me and my wife all about it and when we went to the family screening it was exactly as she described it."
“Every child in Chicago needs this workshop!"

That's what teachers and parents at Kozminski school said when they saw My First Media in action.  Here's why: Think of how many times children engage screens each day. Now imagine what would happen if children used higher order thinking skills every time they turned on a screen.

The potential for transforming our culture is enormous and you can help make that happen.  Please give now and give generously.

“Eduin” Premiere - March 2015!

Director Gaston Vizcarra announces that post production for "Eduin" has been extended one final time to create new graphics, special effects and sound.  Special previews will launch in three countries in April 2015. Based on the magic and myth of the Andes and shot in one of the rarest ecosystems on earth, we know you want to see this movie!


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