ICMC Helps Launch Think Tank for Healthy Tech!

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In collaboration with Hon. Michele F. Lowrance (Ret.) and Ann Marie Coccaro, Esq., the ICMC will launch the Healthy Tech Initiative, a think tank to help parents neutralize tech addictions and propagate best practices for being fully human in an increasingly digital world. According to Nicole Dreiske, Executive Director of the ICMC and author of the book Upside to Digital Devices, "Parents need help to get out of the "tech crisis zone” and tools to teach their children how to inhabit tech spaces in healthy, humanistic ways."

WORLDSCENE - Changing Lives Through Film

In early October, the ICMC begins two new WorldScene programs in collaboration with BUILDChicago and Cook County Jail.   

BUILDChicago will launch the first co-ed WorldScene with the dynamic youth of their Austin Teen Council.This transformational 16-week film immersion residency offers at-risk teens job training, critical thinking, and conflict resolution skills.  

Continuing its three year partnership with Cook County Jail, the 2019-2020 WorldScene program will serve incarcerated veterans. Program Director Marianne Kelly states, “Having seen the WorldScene program in action, with young men in the SAVE program, I can say with confidence, that it offers some exceptional resources and opportunities for veterans especially those still in combat with themselves.” The residency teaches conflict resolution, self-awareness, as well as compassion for others while receiving essential job training skills. 

Up Next! The Harbour’s Global Girls Film Festival - Oct 5

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Pink Boy (USA)

Curated by residents of The Harbour’s five group homes, The Way I See It, features seven short films from five countries sure to inspire women and girls everywhere! A celebration of the grit, strength, and compassion of women from around the world, this special screening will be held on Saturday, October 5th at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center.  Opening reception 12:30pm, screening 1pm. Tickets $10.
Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N. Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL

4th Annual Northbrook Library ICFilmFest - Oct 26, 2pm-FREE

Silence! For Pete’s Sake!  (Germany)

Silence! For Pete’s Sake! (Germany)

Come celebrate the 4th Annual ICFilm Fest at the Northbrook Library. You’ll enjoy the creativity of charming characters from ten different countries in eleven beautiful short films.

The Imagine That! program features funny foxes, clever cranes and aspiring artists on amazing journeys. Plus, you get to vote for your favorite film!

Northbrook Library: 1201 Cedar Ln., Northbrook, IL _____________________________________

2019 ICFF Best of Fest Winners!

French film   Catch It   won Best of Fest Awards from the Elliott Donnelly Youth Center ICFilmFest  and  the True Value Boys & Girls Club ICFilmFest!  One young voter commented,  “   Catch It    was funny to me .. when the meerkats hang on to the vulture and makes it look like a kite!”

French film Catch It won Best of Fest Awards from the Elliott Donnelly Youth Center ICFilmFest and the True Value Boys & Girls Club ICFilmFest!

One young voter commented, Catch It was funny to me .. when the meerkats hang on to the vulture and makes it look like a kite!”

Rythmatics   from India wins the Albany Park Community Center Best of Fest Prize! A young viewer stated  “I picked this movie because it's fun to watch and teaches you a lesson about rhythms. And I loved the music!”

Rythmatics from India wins the Albany Park Community Center Best of Fest Prize! A young viewer stated “I picked this movie because it's fun to watch and teaches you a lesson about rhythms. And I loved the music!”

The Honey Plot   from the UK wins Pedersen McCormick Boys & Girls Club Best of Fest!  “The bear’s disguise was hilarious. He thought he was so chill” , said Ahmed in the ICFILMKid group.

The Honey Plot from the UK wins Pedersen McCormick Boys & Girls Club Best of Fest! “The bear’s disguise was hilarious. He thought he was so chill”, said Ahmed in the ICFILMKid group.

International Children's Media Center Awarded AMPAS FilmWatch Grant!


The International Children's Media Center was awarded a prestigious FilmWatch grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its Global Girls, Women’s View and WorldScene programs. The grant was awarded to the organizations that have lasting impact on society through diverse and fresh perspectives. Thanks to the Academy for this special recognition!

Three Hot ICMC Resources!

The ICMC has published three eBooks building on methodologies created by Director, Nicole Dreiske, and outlined in her first three books. The newest Movies Make You Smarter™ provides invaluable resources for working with youth 14 and older, while the second Mindful Viewing™ book offers rich female-focused content.  Screen Smart™– Five Day Intensive Curriculum makes Dreiske’s revolutionary techniques available to teachers, instructors and facilitators. Call us at 773-528-6854 to purchase eBooks or click the links above.

Protect Kids’ Minds with Two New ICMC Books!

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Author and ICMC Director Nicole Dreiske has released two powerful new eBook resources for parents, teachers, and youth leaders alike. Movies Make You Smarter® guides educators to lay the foundations for a powerful learning relationship with screens.  Mindful Viewing® opens the door to real dialogue around screen time, providing values-focused techniques to open children’s hearts and minds while using digital devices. Call us at 773-528-6854 or click Mindful Viewing® and Movies Make You Smarter®.

Mindful Viewing® Workshops!


Too much time with tech can stunt compassion, literacy and grit. Parents and teachers see the distressing outcomes in dull-eyed kids who lack interest in school and may bully others. Help is here!

Mindful Viewing® workshops are now available for parent groups, churches synagogues and community centers. 

“If we want to cultivate empathy, intelligence and human connection, we need to turn on our minds before turning on our screens.” Nicole Dreiske

Learn about Mindful Viewing® workshops here!

New Parent Resource!


Parents, here’s some exciting news to make your job easier!

Nicole Dreiske has offered up more of her life-changing tips for 21st century parenting! Check out the Screen Smart® Chapter in Christine Martin’s new book, YOU’VE GOT THIS: Keys to Effective Parenting in the Early Years.

Available now!

Calling All Filmmakers


Submit your short films for a chance to be included in the ICMC's groundbreaking festivals and programs:

• WorldScene Festival- Films for festivals curated by youth in jails, detention centers and shelters. 13+

• ScreenSmart™– Accelerated learning program for preschools and elementary schools. Ages 2-9.

• ICFilmFest– This unique touring event introduces families throughout the Midwest to high quality international film and global perspectives. Ages 2-11.

Global Girls & Women’s View- Films for, by and about girls and young women in shelters, and jails. Ages 13+  Global Girls is supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prestigious FilmWatch program.

Entry fees: $75/short film and $125/feature film.

Click here for the ICMC entry form to submit your film. Deadline: December 15, 2019

Digital Wellness Workshops

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Tech troubles at your school or home? If your child has problems with sexting, cyber bullying, game addiction or social media the ICMC can help. Call us about Digital LaunchPad: Building Healthy Tech Habits for your school, PTA or parent group: 773-528-6854, or email workshops@icmediacenter.org

Educational Innovator Available for In-Service!

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"If you want to jump-start learning and get teachers excited, bring in Nicole. This is the best skill-building workshop I’ve seen in 30 years." C.K. Martin, Director, Sunshine PreSchool

In her revolutionary PD workshops, Dreiske shares powerful new pedagogies that reverse the negative effects of screen time, accelerate learning, and boost empathy. You’ll learn:

  • How healthy tech habits accelerate learning. 

  • Sensory tools to boost self regulation, focus and academic success. 

  • Tips to teach literacy skills with visual literacy and improve both at the same time! 

  • Techniques to close the achievement gap in half an hour once a week.

Call 773-528-6854 or email now to book Nicole for all-faculty or district-wide professional development. 

Accelerate Student Learning with Screen Smart®!

The ICMC’s acclaimed Screen Smart® program teaches children healthy screen habits and accelerates learning in early childhood classrooms. Field-tested for seven years, Screen Smart® boosts literacy, empathy and self-regulation with a unique curriculum that helps stop screen addiction before it starts.

Start today and close the achievement gap for children who are challenged, while building skills for gifted and mainstream students!

To book Screen Smart® call 773-528-6854 or click here.

Radio Nemo Features ICMC Director in 3-Show Series

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Highway to Health on Sirius Radio welcomes Nicole Dreiske for three morning call-in shows starting at 8am ET.
Tues, Aug 20: Tech Self Support for All Ages.

Tues, Sept 24: Micro Movements Plus Energy and Immune System Boosters

Tues, Oct 22: Long Haul Balance/Equanimity/Happiness - Breathing & meditation techniques that won’t put you to sleep on the road.

SelCom Interns Graduate!


These accomplished young people viewed, rated, discussed and wrote curriculum for hundreds of top tier international short films in two months. Congrats to SelCom members who completed their 12 week internships!

Shout Out to Jamila Woods!


The stunningly talented Jamila Woods recently gave the ICMC permission to use a segment of her brilliant song Zora in the ICMC’s short film INSIDE, produced by female detainees in Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Thank you, Jamila!

Meet the ICMC’s Publicist!


Ann-Marie Nieves, founder of Get Red PR is an award-winning communicator with experience across a broad range of industries. Ann-Marie excels at launching new businesses and is the perfect fit to help the ICMC bring Screen Smart® and Global Girls to scale! Click here for more about Get Red!

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Learn the revolutionary Screen Smart® approach and protect your children from screen addiction with Nicole Dreiske’s book, THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES.  Scores of Screen Smart strategies for digital wellness are detailed, including:

  • How to have great talks with kids about movies, apps, games and digital safety.

  • Ways to help children to build their own media “filters and controls”.

  • Fun exercises to make kids self-aware during screen use. 

  • Simple steps for using screen time to build vocabulary, empathy and literacy skills.

  • Tips to strengthen family values while using digital devices.

Winner of the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES makes Screen Smart® fun, easy and affordable for parents.  Buy the ebook here.

Movies Make You Smarter® at ICFilmFest Screenings!

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The ICFilmFest has a new partner!  Now, Movies Make You Smarter® will open and close every ICFF screening. This neuroscience-based approach changes brain chemistry during screen time so even the youngest children learn healthy ways to use, view and engage media.  Each event provides children with digital wellness techniques they learn at festivals and practice at home! Click here to book Movies Make You Smarter®!

Women’s View at Cook County Jail, Supported by AMPAS

After interviewing four agencies as prospective partners for the landmark Global Girls/Women's View therapeutic arts program, the ICMC has selected Cook County Jail as the site for the next Women's View residency. With more than 200 films identified for the 2018 program, Women's View promises to deliver transformative experiences for women in Tier 2 at the CCJ.   Supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the program trains court-involved females in vital 21st century skills and provides economic opportunities that lead to employment.  

Help Keep Kids’ Minds Awake!


We’re on a mission to help kids LOVE learning -- won’t you join us? Make a donation today to help the ICMC bring Screen SmartTM to children around the country. $150 supports one Screen Smart session for an impoverished early childhood classroom.

Click here to become a donor!