The mission of the Arts Department is to empower all students to discover and foster their creativity by giving them skills and tools to develop and explore their own personal self-expression.

We strive to create an open and encouraging artistic environment.

Film Studies

Award Winning Film Production

Marvelwood’s Film Studies program had some major highlights this year. After being awarded a grant through the IMAX IN FOCUS program, student filmmakers worked with the Civic Life Project at Stamford Academy to make a short documentary on one of the United Nations Global Initiatives. The documentary, Inalienable, explores healthcare access for undocumented immigrants

Now in its second year, IMAX IN FOCUS is a multi-faceted philanthropic program to benefit student film programs, to help the next generation of filmmakers develop their creative abilities and use the power of film to drive positive change. IMAX has worked with the All-American High School Film Festival to identify exemplary schools, which Marvelwood participated in last year with its Civic Life film, The Magic of the Atom and film studies short The Spirit of the Dead. Out of 40 high school film programs nominated, five were selected by IMAX IN FOCUS to participate.

In May, two Film Studies productions won top prizes at the Skills21 at EdAdvance Red Carpet Film Festival, a state-wide film festival for student filmmakers. The best five-minute documentary went to Ethan Allen: American Icon, which explores legendary American Ethan Allen's connection to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut (hint: think cannons, not furniture); How to Ask Out Girls, a silly step-by step guide for talking to girls in high school, won for best comedy.

At Marvelwood’s inaugural Film Festival, the top prize went to Inalienable, which was screened at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City in the fall of 2018


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