Rabbit Hole Screenings
(Film Screenings and Reflective Conversation)
We aim to:
Bring the farthest reaches to a screen nearby.
Show kids a world beyond their own.
Help kids walk in others’ shoes.
Spending time in someone else's consciousness
heightens the capacity for empathy and imagination.
Suspension Diversion serves students whose behavioral issues threaten their academic standing.
We've replaced what was a purely disciplinary approach with a screening program that encourages at-risk students to become more involved in school. It offers them a positive peer group and helps create a community. Rabbit Hole curates the films to speak to the kids' behavioral issues.
The Dean of Students leads the session, and Rabbit Hole screens the film and facilitates the discussion.
Also, importantly: the kids cook and eat breakfast together!
Film Club is an after-school safe haven.
Rabbit Hole curates a series of films that form the basis for group discussion. We tailor films to specific issues pertinent to the students who participate on a given day.
It's a screening program modeled to suit the wants and needs of student communities.
The program is built around the natural ability of films to make us identify emotionally with protagonists and to see the connection between cause and effect.
Special events and projects are an important part of Rabbit Hole programming.
Rabbit Hole arranges field trips, some of which include the students' families, to special screenings with guest speakers.
Special Projects support our partnerships with classroom teachers. They inspire our students and expand their horizons.
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.