Meet the LSS Film Club
The LSS Film Club is a lively activity that attracts a mix of students from grades 7-12 who are interested in learning about the variety of aspects of film-making and appreciation. Rather than immediately jumping into watching and discussing movies, the faculty advisor, Alek Talevich (Academic Department Chair, Electives), helps club members to understand how to responsibly critique a film. “We start by picking a movie the kids dislike,” Talevich said. “The club members need to be able to articulate the reasons why they didn’t like the movie, which could be related to the script, acting, casting, directing, or any number of factors.” The club discusses how many different aspects can contribute to the critical success or failure of a movie.
With Talevich’s guidance, the club collaboratively creates a list of movies that they will watch and discuss throughout the year. Each year, the list is different, but contains a variety of films (with MPAA ratings that can range from G to PG-13) so that students can explore the vast differences in cinematic approaches. This year, some of the movies the club will review include: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Lars and the Real Girl, True Grit, Inception, and The Illusionist. Talevich reserves the right to sneak in a few surprise films to keep students on their toes.