Film & Discussion: Race To Nowhere

Wednesday March 18, 2015: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 and Up

Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, skilled in a multitude of talents, and ready to respond to many complex challenges. Bombarded by academic standards, competition for educational opportunities, and run-away schedules, young people struggle to accommodate the intense demands. From preschool through college, children are pressured, pushed, coached, sculpted, scheduled and reviewed, running a never-ending gauntlet towards adulthood.

Race To Nowhere, rated PG-13, is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.

A community discussion led by Jennifer White, Michigan Radio's All Things Considered host, will follow this screening.

Ann Arbor Film Festival: Expanding Frames: Making Movie Music

Tuesday March 24, 2015: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- UM North Quad Space 2435

This event is intended for grades 6 through adult

Ever wonder what goes into creating a film score? Participants in this hands-on workshop will work with local musician/electronica artist Jared Van Eck to explore the musical elements and cues that go into composing a film score. We will be making multitrack recordings using AADL’s music tools. No experience with music and recording necessary, but it could help. By the end, you will have co-produced a short score!

Jared Van Eck has been making music since childhood, focusing mostly on electronic music for the last 15 years. He was recognized by Current Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards as the local DJ/Electronica Artist of the year in 2014.