August 16, 2017
Instacamp! is hands down the most cutting edge Media Arts camp offered in 2017! In this camp, students explored the tropes of the internet from a place of mindfulness and empowerment. Filming a flash mob with Tara of Bare Bait Dance, exploring what constitutes a viral video, working with content creator Megan Toenyes (of the YouTube channel Makeup Your Mood), and workshopping with life and business coach Jeannine Widdman on confidence and self-worth are just some of the elements of this week-long exploration. It has been heart-warming to arm these young campers with tools of media literacy and self-love as they navigate their online media presence.
August 15, 2017
Filmmaking 2.0 Summer Camp took things up a notch by utilizing professional film cameras, lighting, green screen, and editing lab thanks to the School of Media Arts at UM. Students explored the genres of action, film noir, and documentary to pull together a sweet RFA commercial that nods to the filmmaking process. Beautiful work, crew!
Cooking Show Campfire Edition!
July 26, 2017
Cooking Show Campfire Edition is underway! This dynamic camp is dedicated to connecting the dots from farm and ranch to table, all through the lens of the camera. Yesterday, campers made gourmet s’mores with Jenny Lynn of Poppy bakery, and then grilled up Oxbow Cattle Co. beef with spatchula spinning Ninja Mike! Today, campers are on the at Orchard Garden Farm with Farmer Dave where they will harvest and grill love-infused veggies! Friday 28th, 2017 the cooking show will premiere at the Roxy Theater at 5PM. Free and opened to the public. Come on down and enjoy the show!
Girls Shine-on Filmmaking Camp
July 26, 2017
Roxy Film Academy had the great pleasure of working with the Talbot Home for Girls for a week-long filmmaking camp extravaganza. Campers wrote, filmed, edited, and acted in a “day in the life” film that allowed them to create a fictionalized story that deals with very real dynamics of living in a group home. RFA was beyond moved and inspired by the each participant and the resulting film that can be found HERE on our Youtube channel.
Digital Moviemaking for 6th-8th
July 26, 2017
In cahoots with the amazing “sets” at The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, RFA campers created two amazing time-traveling films during this week long camp. Check out their amazing films HERE!
Digital Filmmaking for 4th & 5th
July 26, 2017
This amazing week of camp was in partnership with the tremendous folks at Big Sky Breakout! Students used the inspiration of the elaborate themed rooms of BSB to create their sets. From there, students worked as a crew to create two tremendously creative films! Check them out on our YouTube channel HERE.
RFA Featured in the Missoulian!
June 24, 2017
Academy Summer Camps featured in the Missoulian! Check out the article by clicking the link below.
Summer Camp 2017
Movie Magic For Mini Scientists Camp
June 20th, 2017
Our first week-long summer camp is underway with Movie Magic for Mini Scientists! Mother nature chimed in on Monday with contributions of 80 degree weather and big blue sky to set the tone for blissful outdoor filmmaking . Students had the rare opportunity to watch the making of an episode of SciShow Kids, meeting host Jessi, and participating in kite making! The rest of the week will be spent by children conducting science experiments, and learning how to film short scenes using these experiments! Film premiere will be this Friday June 23, 2017 at 5pm. Come celebrate with us!
NMCDC Kids Club
Stop Motion Animation!
June 14, 2017
We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with NMCDC, who provides nutritious meals and summer entertainment and educational opportunities to Northside residents in Missoula. We will serve during three-day residencies throughout the Summer to provide free Media Arts Education to children. The first of these took place this week and was focused on experimenting with stop motion animation! Kids had a blast molding clay, and learning how to manipulate movement for film.
June 16, 2017
A new seed planted this Summer is our work with Jennifer Closson of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. Closson has crafted a camp for children with autism called YETI (Youth Engagement through Intervention Camp). Our team has been training with Jennifer to learn more about this population and how to best serve them. We facilitated a two hour filmmaking workshop with YETI kids at the close of their week long camp today! It was a blast to provide a space for creativity, and team-building on set with such quick-witted kiddos! Our goal is to integrate YETI kids into our camps designed for traditional learners as early as next summer!
Washington 6th Grade Premiere
May 30th, 2017
Washington 6th Graders packed the house for their red carpet premiere last Tuesday! Parents and excited students trailed out into the halls waiting for the theater to clear out as we hosted 4 rounds of film premieres with standing room only. This was the last of 14 film premieres at the Roxy for MCPS schools, wrapping up the 2016/2017 collaboration with RFA and SPARK Arts Ignite Learning.
CS Porter 8th Grade Premiere
May 15th, 2017
CS Porter 8th Graders premiere their Social Studies and Choir curriculum at the Roxy! From the Dred Scott case singing Red River Valley, these kids have got it going on.
Willard High School
Love Speaks Installation May 12, 2017
RFA had the most delightful time working with Willard students this Spring on a multi-media installation called “Love Speaks”. It all began with interviews by Willard students with local senior citizens Bonnie Tarses and Alan Joddard. Students’ preconceived notions of what it means to be a senior citizen were completely dismantled during these conversations. It was SO cool to watch those walls come crumbling down!
From these conversations, students decided to focus their project on the intersection of communication and love. This resulted in an installation that looked at representations of a date “then” (during the time Bonnie and Alan were teenagers 1970’s) and “now”. How did communication/technology play into the lead up to a date, the date itself, and the “falling action” of a date in the 1970’s? How might that look today?
Over the course of 2 months, students crafted this multi-media project into being that included audio loops, video loops, and live performance. Students’ talents shined so brightly when it all came together on May 12th, 2017.
(Students perform in the 1970’s Dinner & Movie Date)
(Students perform the “Modern Skype Date”)
Students also had the opportunity for vocational exploration in the film and media industry. Local professionals Carmen Ebert (Producer at Warm Springs Productions), Michael Murphy (Film director, actor, and multi-media installation artist) Jeri Rafter (IWFF Producer and Indie Film producer) as well as Tessla Hestings (Art Director) all participated in round table discussions with students. Post Roxy Film Academy residency, numerous students are interested in Film and Media related fields!
Paxson 1st Grade Premiere
The Roxy Film Academy celebrated a film premiere with Paxson Elementary Bloom, Maddox, Roos, and Schell’s 1st Grade classes on February 6th from 5-7pm.
Created in a documentary style students interviewed themselves and reenacted scenes pertaining to members and experiences in our community. Students showed us what community means to them and how wide reaching and fun it can be!
Paxson 1st graders also got a special tour of the Roxy Theater where they learned about what types of events can happen at a theater, such as plays and music, saw how movies are projected and shown, and gave Garfield, the cat, a lot of attention!
Films can be viewed on the Roxy Film Academy Youtube Channel.