Women’s View Festival! “Watch Yourself” Premieres at Cook County Jail 4/16 & at 625 N. Kingsbury on 4/20

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Across the Tracks

ICMC and The Cook County Jail proudly present the Women’s View Film Festival, “Watch Yourself” curated by female detainees at Cook County Jail.  This powerful program features uplifting stories for, by and about women from around the world. Cheer for Zoey as she tries to be a successful superhero despite the sexist costume she’s given to wear (Dynamic Double Standard, Canada.) Join shy Violet as she takes an unexpected journey to find self-confidence (Violet, Ireland.) Explore sisterhood and learn what it truly means to be family (Across the Tracks.) Tuesday, April 16th 10:30am, Cook County Jail, 2700 S. California. Saturday, April 20th, 7pm, 625 N. Kingsbury. Click here for more information!


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™.


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.


Mindful ViewingWorkshops!

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Studies show that screen time can stunt compassion, literacy and grit in early childhood. Parents see the distressing outcomes in dull-eyed kids who lack interest in school and may bully others. Help is here!

Mindful Viewingworkshops are now available for churches, synagogues, parent groups 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 ViewingTM workshops here!


Five Screen Smart™ Partners!

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Chicago area schools are leading the charge to 21st century skills!  Five forward-thinking CPS principals have been awarded coveted Screen Smart Accelerative Learning Residencies, providing 5-8 classrooms in each school with big upticks in literacy, empathy and self regulation. 

The ICMC’s newest Screen Smart partners: 

  • Beethoven Elementary (25 W. 47th St), principal Mellodie Brown

  • Leland Elementary School (512 S Lavergne Ave) led by principal Turon Ivy 

  • Chalmers Elementary School (2745 Roosevelt Rd), principal Romain Cortez Crockett

  • Kershaw Magnet School (6450 S Lowe Ave)  headed by principal Tanya Fields

  • Jungman Elementary (1746 S Miller St) with principal Suzanne Luzzi at the helm.

A special shout-out to the brilliant AP’s and counselors, Jennifer Sanks, Karen Jones, Dr. Iva Lane and Abigail Zureich  who identified Screen Smart as a “must have” for their schools.


New Parent Resource!

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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 SmartTM Chapter in Christine Martin’s new book, YOU’VE GOT THIS: Keys to Effective Parenting in the Early Years.

Available now!


Calling All Filmmakers

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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: March 15, 2018


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


Meet the ICMC’s New Publicist!

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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 SmartTM and Global Girls to scale! Click here for more about Get Red!


Global Girls in the Mile High City

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Thanks to the generosity of a Colorado-based funder, the ICMC will bring Global Girls to a shelter or youth service agency in Denver. Three agencies have already signaled interest and ICMC director will visit Denver at the end of March to launch the program.

Contact us about bringing Global Girls to your city or agency!


Global Girls Sails into The Harbour’s Six Group Homes

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The Global Girls program is debuting at The Harbour’s six group homes this year! “We’re thrilled to have this resource for our girls” said Jessica Zimmer-Wright, Case Management Supervisor at The Harbour. “We notice lasting changes in our clients and they have far great confidence at the end of the program.”  


Screen Smart Festival at Leland School March 19th!

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Join us at Leland School on Tues., March 19th and watch students show off Screen SmartTM skills!

Close to 200 children will attend with their parents. Click here for a special invitation!

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Bring SCREEN SMART Home with THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES

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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 Smarterwill 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™!


“Hedgehogs" Wins Northbrook Best of Fest Prize

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After hundreds of votes were counted, Hedgehogs and the City (Latvia), directed by Evalds Lacis, has won the Best of Fest Prize  at the 3rd Annual Northbrook ICFilmFest, held Saturday, November 24th at the Northbrook Library.  In this charming stop motion film, a group of animals led by two clever hedgehogs, collaborate to reclaim the homes they lost when a city was built.


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!

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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!