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Raven Devanney and David Heyman


Cheyenne Nguyen and Nick Cannon

Mel Brooks and Keefer Blakeslee

Gerry Orz

Haley Powell

"It is very cool that I, as a kid, can have influence on other kids and parents on what movies that they buy. I have learned about how important the content of the films are and how many great movies there are for kids."


If you have any questions about any of this, please contact our office at 505-989-8076 or email us here.


This workshop does not in any way guarantee the participant employment in the entertainment industry.

This event is subject to cancellation if inadequate registration is not received or other unexpected circumstances make it impossible to take place.


Do You ...

  • Love, really love films?
  • Love talking about the latest films?
  • Envision yourself talking on the Red Carpet?

Come Spend a Week ...

  • Watching the latest films.
  • Learning to write film reviews.
  • Learning to talk about films on camera.
  • Meeting guest film critics, producers and actors.
  • Learning interview techniques.
  • Improving your on-camera skills.
  • Being coached by seasoned professionals.
Parents ...

Kids love movies.
It’s part of their socializing experience.
They love being on-camera and are comfortable there.
At the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp we put what kids love to good use and make learning fun!

During this one-week day-camp, now in its third year, your child will learn to...

"View and review" - watch films and write about them.
"Discuss and debate" - live and on-camera.
"Look critically at different elements that make a film a film" from directing and acting to cinematography, writing and art direction.

Remember parents...
Your kids are not just "talking about film" they are learning life skills that will "last a lifetime."

Dates & Locations 2015 tba

One-week day-camp, M-F
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Dates: tba
StarShine Academy
3536 E. McDowell Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 86008

DiscoveryDates: tba
Discovery Communications
(DCI World Headquarters)
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

mv film societyDates: tba
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
79 Beach Rd.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Tuition $459**

Includes all materials
Ages 10 - 15
Enrollment limited to 15 children per class
Some partial scholarships available

A limited number of partial scholarships are available
Please return later to apply.


Ranny.Gerry.KeeferRANNY LEVY
The invasive impact of media on children became the impetus, in 1991, for Levy to create KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children's Media, dedicated to promoting and nurturing quality children's media as a vehicle for social change. A former educator, Levy designed an award-winning television series, Kidnetics, for PBS Affiliate, WNIT-TV, produced an ACE-nominated television show (Cable Magazine), and managed an independent film production and distribution company, OneWest Media, selling to national and international markets including PBS, the Discovery Channel and Showtime. Ranny has written two books, "The New York Times / KIDS FIRST Guide to The Best Children's Videos" and "A Parent's Guide to the Best Children's Videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs" and is a frequent speaker at conferences about children's media.
Terry Solowey

Terry Solowey has a wide range of expertise in early childhood / elementary education and children’s media. She is a writer and developer of print and multimedia programs with a focus on outreach, curriculum and content development. Ms. Solowey served as Assistant Director of the Sesame Street Preschool Educational Program, as Manager of Outreach for Thirteen/WNET and Program Director for KIDS FIRST! where she continues to serve on the Advisory Board and works with the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Program.

Nancy Kenney holds a MS in International/Intercultural Development Education in 1980, studied film music composition at Berklee College of Music, developed two new urban sustainable neighborhoods in Santa Fe, NM, is a documentary videographer and an online educator for AICP planners and AIA architects. Nancy serves as Vice President of the Trustees for the Coalition of Quality Children’s Media after years of enjoying her daughter’s and her participation with KIDS FIRST! Conci Althouse was the first KIDS FIRST! Film Critic at age 8. She is now 24 and works in LA as a Director of Photography. Working for 20 years with KIDS FIRST! has been a labor of love. Nancy continues to invite everyone to jump on board with the youth critics and jurors, parents, grandparents and film makers who make great media for our future leaders!

Janet began her career in NY as an EQUITY/SAG actor. She then moved into producing and directing commercials. After moving to LA she joined the DGA as a 1st Assistant Director. She is credited in more than 200 episodic and 20 telefilms. She combined her acting background with the technical side and started directing TV. Her credits include; Earth 2, Cagney & Lacey Soul Food, Judging Amy and multiple episodes of Any Day Now. Janet is a founding member of New Mexico Women in Film and is on the board of Women in Film and Television International. Besides coaching actors privately Janet also teaches acting workshops. In her spare time she teaches film and drama at Pecos High School and is a faculty member at the University of New Mexico. Go to imdb for more>

With a life-long interest in film and children's use of film, Carol Darcy, with an EdD in Education Leadership and Curriculum Development (Boston University) was instrumental in creating an annual film festival for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)'s annual conference which includes programming from the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. As a media literacy expert, Carol provides opportunities for educators to learn from media experts, view and respond to a variety of films and discuss ways to provide substantive film and media experiences children from pre-school through primary school. She has taught kindergarten, undergraduate and graduate students and has supervised pre-service teachers. She designed a professional development course called Being a Pro-Active Media Literacy Advocate. Carol joins the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camp staff this summer on Martha's Vineyard.

Cornelius HannaCORNELIUS B. HANNA – Born in Brooklyn, New York, Cornelus has 30+ years' experience in radio, television and film. His father, (Richard Hanna) Dick London was recognized as New York City’s top radio personality of the 1970s. Cornelius' bloodline led him to Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism with a degre that includes a secondary degree in Education. Currently, he is the CTE Media Arts Director for StarShine Academy, President of KidStar Radio Network and Co-Program Director of the largest kids talk radio network, VoiceAmericaKids.com.

Cornelius has been a sports radio personality, disc jockey, television reporter, live host, writter/producer of three independent films and owns CB Hanna Productions. He has been at the highest stage for the CMA’s, Grammy’s, Emmy's, Super Bowls, Major Motion Pictures, World Series, Political Conventions, Telethon’s, World Cup Soccer, Championship Boxing Fights and similar. He ihas taught K – 12 for the past 15 years, developing student skills in media arts. Cornelius is a strong believer in leading youth to career opportunities and a positive future. His connection with youth has given him an appreciation and understanding of their interests, goals and determination to grow. His knowledge and wide range experiences strongly connect everyone from past generations to present generations.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, 23-year-old, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization whose mission is to teach children to become critical media users.

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*This workshop does not in any way guarantee the participant employment in the entertainment industry

** A $150 non-refundable deposit is required when registering to hold your place. Final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the start date of the camp. Because of the limited registration, there are no refunds. Please be sure to check any scheduling conflicts before registering your child.

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