It started with our High School visit and the screenings of 1000 Journals during Schools at the Festival of the San Francisco Film Society -- encouraging feedback from students and teachers, and more and more questions how schools, universities, even hospitals can implement the film and begin their own journal exchanges. With the great help of Lil Blume, we created the 1000 Journals Extension, a teachers network, and have been increasingly involved with these educational aspects of collaborative projects.
Just recently, Aspen Film has selected 1000 Journals to participate in its Education Outreach Program. Bringing films to remote and underserved communities, the program reaches 5,000 children and adults and nineteen schools annually, with films that are capable of opening windows on the world and building bridges between cultures.
Aspen Film's Terry Rigney created a Curriculum Guide for 1000 Journals (available on the Extension), and invited Deb Jones, Creative Program Director at the Wyly Community Arts Center, to present our film. Deb has taught several journaling classes and serves as an amazing resource for anyone interested in the process and journey of journaling.
So far, Aspen Film screened 1000 Journals on April 16, 17 and 20, 2009, and will program the film again in May.
Deb Jones and Marti Cyrus leading the discussion at the Aspen High School screening.
I asked Terry Rigney a few questions -- read her answers and see more pictures on the jump.