Throughout April, Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln" will be
screened at 15 different high schools in 15 different states across
the country. In addition to receiving their own copy of the film and
its accompanying collateral materials, all the schools will receive
a package of brand-new audiovisual equipment.
Chad Boettcher, executive vice president of social action and
advocacy at Participant Media, said: "Prior to the film's release,
we engaged Penn Schoen Berland to conduct a research study to help
inform the focus of our social action campaign for 'Lincoln.' Among
the findings of the study was that more than half of Americans think
it's important to learn about Lincoln, but two-thirds say they know
little to nothing about him, which clearly indicated the need to
remind citizens about the 16th president's accomplishments."
As a result, this unique high school screening campaign is
designed to use the film to spark educational conversations on the
film's themes of leadership, civic engagement and public service.
Discussions will be facilitated using Disney's distributed curricula
as well as a series of standards-based extension activities and
discussion prompts that were crafted by Big Picture Instructional
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award-winner Daniel
Day-Lewis in "Lincoln," a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th
president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided
by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of
action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish
slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed,
his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of
generations to come.
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Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones,
"Lincoln" is produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a
screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book "Team of
Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," by Doris Kearns
is an entertainment company that focuses on documentary and
non-documentary feature films, television, publishing and digital
content about the real issues that shape our lives. For each of its
projects, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to
transform the impact of the media experience into individual and
community action. Participant's online social action network is
TakePart. Participant Media
was founded by Jeff Skoll in 2004, and Jim Berk serves as CEO.
Participant's films include "The Kite Runner," "Charlie Wilson's
War," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Waiting for 'Superman,'" "Fair
Game," "The Help," "Contagion," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,"
"Lincoln," "Promised Land" and "No."
Instructional Design gets all the stakeholders in the
educational space talking about -- and watching -- movies. As former
classroom educators with extensive experience in nonprofit work,
educational administration and media literacy, Big Picture increases
the reach and impact of issue-driven films, television projects and
documentaries by creating custom-designed campaigns and collateral
materials that put the film at the forefront. Projects include "The
Soloist," "The Conspirator," "Escape Fire" and "Lincoln."
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