Rabbit Hole is a small nonprofit that works with troubled high schoolers, helping create community through filmmaking, film screenings and the arts.
All of our programs:
→ Take place in-school
→ Supplement the Common Core Curriculum
→ Integrate food and sharing meals
→ Incorporate special guests
→ Provide a consistent presence for students
We do a bunch of things, but they fall into two categories:
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(Film Screenings and Conversation)
(Creative Production and Workshops)
A screening program modeled to suit the wants and needs of student communities.
The program is built around student interest and the natural ability of films to encourage us to identify emotionally with protagonists and to see the connection between cause and effect.
Rabbit Hole develops curriculum and curates a series of films that form the basis for group discussion. Films are tailored to specific issues pertinent to the students who participate on a given day.
Developed for use with special populations including youth with mental health issues and those impacted by the juvenile justice system who may be unwilling or unable to appear in their own films. The emphasis in these workshops is on personal growth, working collaboratively, and self-expression. Animation allows them to find and share their stories and ideas out in the world, while also protecting their privacy.
The essence of this program is creating visual poems – self-portraits, as told through the five senses: Smell, Hearing, Vision, Taste and Touch.
Every person has a unique lens to look through. "Autumn Senses" asks students to use the camera's lens to help them take pause and reflect on their worlds, interior and exterior. Acknowledging and fine-tuning the senses heightens one's awareness. Over the course of each written and filmed assignment, there is a sharpening and surfacing of things that make students who they are at this time in their lives. These films are prompted by observing seemingly simple things we can take for granted: the sound of a sibling's laugh or cry, a dance or the wind through the trees.
The filmmakers take a journey through their own lives to date - reflecting on memories, near and distant, who they are now and who they dream to become.
A collaborative, hands-on filmmaking program wherein the process of making the movie itself is transformative. It's not just about the final piece, but also about outreach and becoming aware of a community.
We worked with the Journalism class at Los Angeles High School and taught them the fundamentals of documentary film and the many possible routes that doc filmmaking can take. Various paths to truth (or subjective truth). Their result was a 19-minute documentary film comprised of student and teacher interviews interwoven with scenes of life from around campus.
The Suspension Diversion program serves students at risk of dropping out whose behavioral issues threaten their academic standing. It replaces a purely disciplinary approach with a program that encourages at-risk students to become more involved in school, and it offers them a positive peer group. Rabbit Hole curates the films which both engage the students and address pertinent issues.
The Dean of Students leads the bi-monthly three-hour Saturday morning sessions.
Special events and projects are an important part of Rabbit Hole programming. Special Projects support our partnerships with classroom teachers. They inspire our students and expand their horizons. Rabbit Hole arranges field trips, some of which include the students' families, to special screenings with guest speakers.
To date, Rabbit Hole students have attended special screenings including the following:
UCLA's Royce Hall for a presentation of silent films for the students and their families with live accompaniment by the LA Chamber Orchestra
The Alex Theater in Glendale for the 75th anniversary screening of the "Wizard of Oz" with special guest speakers
The Silent Movie Theater hosted a number of screenings including "The Bully Movie" followed by a Q&A with the director; "Network" with professional actors supporting the screening with improv, writing and speaking exercises; "Election" with a Q&A with producers, as well as a Family screening of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times."
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosts our students often for screenings of films such as "The Artist," "Shane," and "The Crowd," with special guest speakers.
Paramount Studios screened "Nebraska" for students and their families. A Q&A followed with Will Forte.