Produced by detainees at Cook County Jail through ICMC’s Women’s View program and available to watch online HERE for a limited time only. We proudly present…

Announcing the 2019 ICFilmFest Movies Make You Smarter®

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Starting in July, the ICFilmFest will be premiering at the Albany Park Community Center, the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center, the True Value Boys & Girls Club, and the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club. The ICFilmFest offers a curated selection of award-winning international films for children and their parents. Trained facilitators will hold Movies Make You Smarter® discussions before and after every screening, ensuring that children get the most out of these "smart" films. Children of all ages will learn “How to watch a movie with your mind awake” and have meaningful discourse about media and its impact. For a complete schedule, call 773-528-6854!

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!

"Selling Rosario” Wins Coveted "Best of Fest" Award at Women's View Film Festival 

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Congratulations to Iana Simeonov and Michael Winokur, directors of Selling Rosario, who won the Best of Fest award for the Cook County Jail Women’s View Festival!   "The Watch Yourself program had a truly competitive line-up, with all films getting lots of votes" said ICMC director Nicole Dreiske.  A crowd favorite for its emotional storyline, Selling Rosario tells the story of a family of migrant workers who prepare their daughter for a life-changing night that isn’t quite what it seems. 

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®.

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 Viewing® Workshops!


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 Viewing® workshops 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 Viewing® workshops here!

Meet the ICMC’s Five Screen Smart® Partners for 2019!


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!


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: 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

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ICMC Director at Executive Learning Exchange 8/5

On Monday August 5th, ICMC Director Nicole Dreiske will speak about Screen Smart® accelerative learning techniques as part of the Executive Learning Exchange’s 5th Annual Experiential Learning Retreat hosted by Microsoft at the Chicago Technology Center. Dreiske will connect Screen Smart methodologies to the session focus FORWARD-THINKING TECHNOLOGIES & MEASURING IMPACT.

ICMC Welcomes SelCom Interns!


The newest team of interns is scheduled to join the ICMC 2019 Selection Committee on June 6th! These accomplished young people will sit on a critics panel to view,  rate, and curate 600 top tier international short films of the year. Their hard work will qualify groundbreaking, diverse short films for inclusion in all ICMC programs and festivals.

500 Attendees Learn Screen Smart® Techniques at NCEA!


ICMC Director and digital media expert Nicole Dreiske taught Screen Smart student engagement techniques to a full house on April 23rd for the National Catholic Education Association Conference at McCormick Place. Her workshop, INSTANT RECESS - What To Do When Students Get Wiggly shared break-through methods like priming and “plosives”. 500 Catholic educators & school leaders attended the event.

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!

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!

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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!