For teenage cinephiles looking to further their insight with like-minded peers, The Belcourt is hosting "The Global Teenager: A Film Seminar for High School Students," a weeklong seminar starting Monday about film and the young adult experience. From July 15-19, film professors from area universities — including Watkins’ Chuck Stephens, an esteemed critic whose credits range from the Village Voice to Film Comment and Cinema Scope — will be on deck to lead the discussions. Four out of the five sessions will be dedicated to screening titles that carry the theme of the week, and the fifth will focus on screenwriting.
Best of all, the selection of films doesn’t patronize or condescend to young cinephiles. A viewing list that encompasses the street-hustle savagery of Buñuel’s Los Olvidados, Jafar Panahi’s rousing anti-authoritarian comedy Offside, Frederick Wiseman’s landmark cinema verite documentary High School, and what may be the first local screening of Chih-yen Yee’s acclaimed Taiwanese teen romance Blue Gate Crossing rewards and encourages active curiosity, a spirit of adventure — and discerning taste.
All too often, summer education involves musty classrooms with morose instructors, so The Belcourt’s series should be a breath of fresh air for any film-loving teen. (The films will also get public screenings for adults in coming weekends.) The $75 admission ($50 for members) covers the entire seminar as well as boxed lunches. Click here for more information.