Friday, August 14, 2009

6 Rio Grande High Students go to Telluride Film Fest w/ City Lights!


Albuquerque, NM - Six students and two teachers at Rio Grande High
School have been selected to attend the 2009 Telluride Film Festival as
guests of the City Lights Project. Only one other school in the country
was selected to send students to attend the Festival from September 3 to
7, 2009.

This stellar field trip is designed to provide underserved high school
juniors and seniors and their teachers a unique opportunity to immerse
themselves in a whirlwind experience of the world renowned Telluride
Film Festival. The students will be busy from early morning to late each
night, viewing 10-12 films over five days and interacting with
filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, musicians and producers.

"This opportunity fits perfectly with Rio Grande's new commitment to
hands-on, career/ community/reality-based education," said David
Bleicher, the English and film teacher who applied for the City Lights
Project back in the spring.

"We're excited to offer Rio Grande students this opportunity to expand
their worldview, enhance their ability to become more thoughtful social
participants, and equip them with new tools to become leaders for the
future," said Erika Gordon, City Lights Coordinator. "It also provides a
singular opportunity to become lifelong friends with other students from
widely divergent lifestyles and backgrounds."

The participating Rio Grande students are Adrian Angulo, Hope Armijo,
Oscar Adrian Mendez Cera, Sterling Courville, Sarah Lynn Chavez, and
David Lucero. The City Lights Project selected them based on essays that
they wrote and references from their teachers.

The students will be ambassadors for not just Albuquerque, but for all
New Mexico. They will interact with students from Telluride High School
and Whiting High School from Laramie, Wyoming. The students will stay in
condos, dorm-style, with teachers as chaperons. Mr. Bleicher and drama
teacher Keith Andersen will attend with the students.

Prior to going to the festival, the students will participate in over 15
hours of preparation work. They will view, discuss and journal about
Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931), independent film El Norte (1983),
Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine (2002), foreign film
Turtles Can Fly (2004), and short film, Peter Sellars: A Portrait, about
an influential artist and longtime Telluride Film Festival collaborator
who will meet the students.

The Project is providing lodging, meals and Festival passes, and all the
goodies that go with those passes. The only expected expenses are
transportation to and from the Festival.

Because of budget cuts, the school is not able to provide funding for
the trip, so organizers are looking for donations to pay for
transportation. A pottery sale held by ceramics students at Rio raised
$86, but approximately $600 is needed to rent a van for the group. Those
wishing to make donations should contact David Bleicher at 505-615-9949
(cell) or

Contact For More Information:
David Bleicher, (cell) 505-615-9949 or (home) 505-265-7215

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