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    AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Launches Educational Screenings Program (ESP) for Montgomery County, MD Public Schools Monday January 12, 7:08 pm ET AFI
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      AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Launches Educational
      Screenings Program (ESP) for Montgomery County, MD Public Schools
      Monday January 12, 7:08 pm ET
      AFI Silver Enhances Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) Middle
      and High School Curricula With Screenings, Speakers, Teacher Guidance
      & Viewing Materials


      SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Film
      Institute's AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center today announced
      its first educational program for public school students, the 2004
      Educational Screenings Program (ESP), developed as a resource for
      Montgomery County Public Schools to enhance middle and high school
      curricula for both students and teachers.
      The newly created program is generously funded by the Homer and
      Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation.

      "We're thrilled to be able to offer AFI Silver's educational
      capabilities -- its theaters, its programming and its staff -- to the
      students of our own neighborhood," said Murray Horwitz, director of
      the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. "This program enables us
      to bring resources to students in the communities that have
      contributed to the AFI Silver and to compliment the ongoing work with
      Montgomery County teachers of AFI's National Screen Education Center."

      AFI Silver's Educational Screenings Program is designed to empower
      Montgomery County's public school teachers with new tools to inspire
      students in an active, broad-scale academic engagement, exciting them
      about what they're learning. Based on film and video screenings at
      the AFI Silver Theatre, the Educational Screenings Program provides
      the following services:

      * State-of-the-art screening facilities in all three of AFI
      Silver
      Theatre and Cultural Center's theatres;

      * Films and videos directly related to Montgomery County Public
      Schools'
      middle and high school curricula;

      * Assistance by an experienced AFI educator and AFI programmers
      in
      teachers' selection of appropriate films, and in pre-
      screening lesson
      preparation;

      * Providing speakers and teaching guides, including support
      materials
      such as readings and worksheets;

      * Student education in critical viewing skills.


      AFI Silver's Educational Screenings Program will be administered by
      AFI Silver Education Program Coordinator Matthew Boratenski,
      coordinator for AFI's East Coast K-12 screen education program since
      1996 and a thirty-year teaching veteran of the Montgomery County
      Public School system.

      Teachers can arrange a screening by contacting the program's
      administrator on-line at silvereducation@... or mailing a
      questionnaire to: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Educational
      Screenings Program, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

      More About AFI

      AFI is the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing and
      preserving the art of film, television and other forms of the moving
      image. AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-
      renowned Conservatory, provides film preservation leadership and
      explores new digital technologies in moviemaking. AFI's New Media
      Ventures programs bring together the creative and digital
      communities, as the department seeks to develop a literacy program
      for the 21st century, helping young people learn to read and write
      screens of all sizes-cinema, television, computer and the Internet.
      With AFI ON SCREEN, the institute is the largest nonprofit exhibitor
      in the US, with programs at the AFI Los Angeles International Film
      Festival (AFI FEST); the AFI National Film Theater at the John F.
      Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; and the AFI
      Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. A
      49,000 square foot complex with three theatres -- one historic, two
      new state-of-the-art stadium-style theatres -- the AFI Silver
      exhibits film and video generally unavailable elsewhere in the
      region. AFI's annual almanac for the 21st century, AFI AWARDS, honors
      the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the
      year. AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, 100 Stars, 100 Laughs, 100
      Thrills, 100 Passions and 100 Heroes & Villains have ignited
      extraordinary public interest in classic American movies. During the
      past 31 years, AFI's Life Achievement Award has become the highest
      honor for a career in film. More information about AFI can be found
      by visiting its Web site, located at www.AFI.com .

      Advancing Learning for the Next Generation Through the Moving Image

      For further information, please contact Joan Kirby of American Film
      Institute, +1-301-495-6747.
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