We’re On A Mission to Change the Way Children Use Electronic Screens. Won’t You Join Us?

The ICMC’s revolutionary work with thousands of at-risk children and youth depends on you!

Your contribution will bring accelerative learning and “screen smart skills” to impoverished schools, and to homeless, abused and incarcerated youth. 

Screen Smart Closes the Achievement Gap in Three Chicago Public Schools


Screen SmartTM the ICMC's accelerated learning program for PreK-1st grade is underway in eight classrooms at Willa Cather School in the Garfield Park neighborhood, five classrooms at Beasley School and eight classrooms at James Otis School. The 12 session course boosts literacy and empathy while giving early childhood students much-needed focus and self-regulation skillls.



MY FIRST MEDIA | How to Accelerate Early Childhood Learning from ICMC on Vimeo.

ICMC Developing New Global Girls Partnerships!

The ICMC is now interviewing new agencies as prospective partners for the landmark Global Girls film immersion program. With more than 200 films identified for the 2018 program, Global Girls promises to deliver transformative experiences for girls and young women in three agencies.  The program trains girls in vital 21st century skills and provides economic opportunities that lead to employment for marginalized young women in homeless shelters and detention centers.  To volunteer, call 773-528-6854!

Global Girls from ICMC on Vimeo.

ICMC Call For Entries - Each Entry Eligible for 4 Festivals!
Don’t miss out on the ICMC’s impressive season of festivals for 2017-2018.
Enter your film to be considered for four ICMC events: ICFilmFest, WorldScene, Global Girls, and My First Media. Download our Entry Form.
Entry Fee - $75/Short Film;  $125/Feature Film

Deadline:  June 21, 2018
Contact icmediacenter@gmail.com for additional information!
The Summer of Gods, Global Girls Fest 2015 Winner
Inspiring PD Resources!

Check into ICMC professional development and discover how a great PD workshop can revive your passion for teaching!

1. Using Media & Technology to Improve Common Core Outcomes

Connecting the stories on screens to the stories in books will boost literacy, critical thinking and empathy.  The result:  better learning and happy students. All Grades.

2. Screen Smart Learning Strategies for ELL Learners

This high-energy workshop shows educators how to use narrative media to improve ELL students’ abilities in many common core frameworks. All Grades.

3. My First Media/Screen Smart - Accelerated Learning for Early Childhood 

Learn a multi-sensory approach that accelerates learning and boosts self-regulation for PreK-2nd grade students. You'll close the achievement gap in a semester!  

4. Instant RECESS – What to Do When Students Lose Focus

Chaotic or unpredictable days that diminish learning can be a nightmare that stretches into the whole year. These lively physical and vocal techniques boost classroom energy and focus every day. Prek-5th.

Call 773-528-6854 or email info@icmediacenter.org.

“UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES” Available on Amazon for Preorder!


Nicole Dreiske's THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES - How to Make Your Young Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent is available for preorder on Amazon. The long-awaited book shares ICMC's powerful Screen SmartTM approach for promoting healthy screen habits and empathy in early childhood. Good news for families! Preorder now.

Screen Smart Webinars & Workshops for NCEA
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WorldScene at Cook County Jail!

Thanks to the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, the ICMC is partnering with the Sheriff’s Anti-Violence Effort (SAVE) to bring WorldScene to the Cook County Jail.  Using art therapy and conflict resolution strategies, the program's goal is to end the cycle of violence, offer skill-building for future employment and provide springboards to hope.

According to Elli Montgomery, Director of the SAVE program, World Scene will be the first film-based therapeutic arts residency to be offered at CCJ, and will be the only film festival ever to take place inside a jail. 

ICMC Considering Special “STEP” Curriculum

Following the special screening of the inspirational film, “Step” hosted by Depaul University in collaboration with Vulcan Films, ICMC and Chaz Ebert on Dec. 16th, the ICMC is looking into ways to bring the film to underserved youth around the city of Chicago. The film documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Screening starts at 2pm followed by a Q&A at DePaul's CDM Theater, 247 S. State Street. RogerEbert.com writes, “‘Step’ is both a buoyantly uplifting celebration of African-American womanhood and the dedicated educators who have their backs. The real prize here isn’t a trophy but the assurance that each and every senior will head off to college despite the obstacles they face in their daily lives.” 

AMPAS Greenlights Global Girls

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded a prestigious FilmWatch grant to the International Children's Media Center for its groundbreaking Global Girls Residency and Festival.

"This year, the grants will support non-profit organizations in 24 communities across the country, reach underserved high school students, support emerging and mid-career filmmakers of all ages, and will provide unique opportunities for enrichment and engagement with the cinematic community and its artists," said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy's grants committee.

 Global Girls generates meaningful dialogue about female focused topics, and culminates in participants making a movie and curating their own film festivals. This transformative, evidence-based program works with marginalized young women in shelters and detention centers, helping them rise above limitations to build an empowered future.