The Reel 112 Film Festival

Address by Milos Stehlik, Founder of Facets Multimedia at the 2018 Reel 112 Film Festival.

Reel 112 Film Festival 2018

The 2018 Reel 112 Film Festival, held on Monday, May 21 at the Landmark Renaissance Place Theater in Highland Park, featured 16 films created by teams of middle school filmmakers from Edgewood, Elm Place and Northwood schools.  The evening began with a panel of students reflecting on their experience, and included a pre-recorded address from Milos Stehlik, Founder of Facets Multimedia and regular film contributor on WBEZ.    Student films focused on a range of issues from defying stereotypes, to building happiness to the meaning to true friendship.  Each filmmaking team also designed a movie poster promoting the film.


Reel 112 Film Festival 2017

This year’s Reel 112 Film Festival will be held at the Landmark Theatre in Renaissance Place in Highland Park on May 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  The evening will begin with a student-led panel discussion moderated by Milos Stehlik of Facets, followed by a showcase of student short films created by students from Edgewood, Elm Place and Northwood.  Reserve your seats below.  Seating is limited.

Reel 112 Film Festival 2016

The 112 Education Foundation’s first, hopefully annual, Reel 112 Film Festival took place at the Landmark Theatre in Renaissance Place in Highland Park on April 20, 2016.  The Film Festival is the culmination of a pilot program funded by the Foundation for 8th grade Communications/Media Arts (CMA) students during the third quarter of the school year.

The 112 Education Foundation orchestrated the collaboration between the three middle school CMA teachers and Milos Stehlik and a team of film experts from Facets Multi-Media, a non-profit cinema arts organization based in Chicago.  Students worked weekly with the CMA teachers and Facets staff to gain an understanding of the elements of filmmaking, story development, and cinematography. Laura Baartmans, CMA teacher at Northwood Jr. High states, “The partnership with Facets has been a wonderful opportunity to bring the world of documentary films and filmmaking to our students.  It has been amazing to watch the students grow and develop as filmmakers.”

Working in small groups, the students created short documentaries on a variety of topics including bullying, testing, and stress as well as challenges faced by teens with disabilities. Each group also created a movie poster to highlight its movie.

The Reel 112 Film Festival featured a screening of 13 of the students’ movies from the three middle schools.  Students arrived early with their families for photos on the red carpet and to pick up their own copy of their movie poster.  The event included an introduction by Milos Stehlik, as well as a viewing and question & answer session with an up-and-coming Iranian filmmaker, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, who recently won an award at Cannes for her short documentary, Needle.

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