Cinema Classroom

Cinema Classroom is an annual program that expands students’ experience of film to include a critical perspective and develop media literacy. Through Cinema Classroom, students receive the tools to engage critically with visual media and have the opportunity to meet working filmmakers.

Throughout October, Cinema Classroom will travel with filmmakers to schools across the city and bring students to the CAC to provide free film screenings and facilitate conversations with filmmakers.

Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kinder Morgan Foundation

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Dir. Andre Hörmann

Can Andrew reach his dream to become the drum major for his school’s marching band before Mardi Gras arrives?


Dir. Yates

A hallucinatory music video for Greensboro-based rapper J.K. The Reaper’s single, “Exodia.”


Dir. Olivia Motley

The story of the biggest party in the United States, through the eyes of the trash sweepers who clean it up.

God Bless The Child

Dir. Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

In the grey light of dawn, a mother drives away from the house where her children lie sleeping, maybe gone for the day, or maybe forever. We get the feeling it often comes to this, as the house wakes up and pre-teen Harper takes over as stand-in mom for her four little brothers. Throughout the day and into the night, Harper deftly contains the chaos radiating off of four barbarian boys who pull anything they can punch, chew or climb into their domain of tighty-whiteys and battle-scarred scooters. By bedtime, their tiny empire of horseplay comes to seem more healthy than most “unbroken” homes. Following up on their strong feature debut, Forty Years From Yesterday (NOFF 2013), co-directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck resume the domestic focus and delicate touch that distinguishes their work within the new wave of doc/fiction hybrids.


Dir. Alex Wiltz, Kenny Lass

After getting passed up for a promotion, coach Hut Hutchinson-a high school gym teacher-struggles to keep his composure.

The Lot

Dir. Russell Blanchard

A cafe owner helps a kid build a fort on a blighted lot, but a city ordinance threatens both their project and friendship.

They Crawl Amongst Us!

Dir. Sihanouk Mariona

A film about social issues in New York, as told by the city’s pests.


Dir. Drea Cooper, Zachary Canepari

T-Rex follows Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, the youngest women’s boxing competitor in the 2012 Olympics. From the hard-knock streets of Flint, Michigan, Shields is undefeated and confident. Her fierceness extends beyond the ring: she protects her family at any cost, even when their instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream. Shields does have one stable force in her life-Coach Jason Crutchfield who has trained her since she was a scrawny 11-year-old hanging out at his gym. Her relationships with her coach and family grow tense as she gets closer to her dream. But Shields is fierce and determined. She desperately wants to take her family to a better, safer place-and winning a gold medal could be her only chance.