The Story of Movies

14 Jun 2014

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Western GenreThe Harrington School of Communication and Media is honored to partner with the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) to support a weekend seminar on teaching the Western film. The seminar is in collaboration with the Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Martin Scorsese in 1990 that preserves and showcases motion picture history.




DATE: Saturday & Sunday,  June 14 – June 15, 2014

LOCATION: URI Kingston Campus, Swan Hall

PARKING: The Briar Lane lot will be open.



The Story of Movies, created by the Film Foundation, is a free curriculum and innovative set of teaching resources that helps students appreciate film as an artistic and cultural medium. It’s got a great focus on visual and media literacy – these are fundamental skills that are relevant to students of all ages. Watch this 6 minute video to learn more about the curriculum.


Target Audience: Anyone who loves movie Westerns will enjoy this program. The program has been specifically designed by the Film Foundation for educators and teacher-librarians in Grades 5 – 12 with an interest in English and History, who will find this a valuable professional development experience that gives you the knowledge, texts and tools needed to incorporate engaging and meaningful media literacy activities into the curriculum. The program is also ideal for anyone with an interest in learning more about the Western genre or about best practices in film education. This event features several film screenings offering an engaging co-curricular learning experience for undergraduate students enrolled in a Summer course.

The Story of Movies Flyer URI

About The Film Foundation. Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation ( is dedicated to protecting and preserving our cinematic heritage and ensuring that classic films remain accessible to future generations. Working in partnership with the leading archives and studios, the foundation has saved over 600 films.  Joining Scorsese on the board of directors are Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg.  The Film Foundation is aligned with the Directors Guild of America, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About The Story of Movies. In addition to the preservation, restoration and presentation of motion pictures, The Film Foundation creates educational programs to teach young people about the art of film.  Working with filmmakers, scholars, and classroom educators, the foundation developed The Story of Movies ( in 2005.  This groundbreaking curriculum teaches young people how to understand the visual language of film, and encourages them to appreciate the social, historical, and cultural significance of motion pictures while fostering critical-viewing and critical-thinking skills.

About the Presenter, Catherine Gourley.  Catherine Gourley is an award-winning author and editor of books for young adults.  At present, Gourley is the curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, an educational outreach program on film study and visual literacy developed by The Film Foundation, Los Angeles.  In addition, she is the national director for Letters About Literature, a reading-writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Cathy has presented workshops both nationally and internationally on both these literacy programs. For more on Cathy’s educational consulting work and/or her published nonfiction books for young readers, please visit