Educational Programs

In 2015 the MV Film Society is sponsoring two summer camps for students at its film center in collaboration with nationally known organizations KIDS FIRST! and the FILMMAKERS COLLABORATIVE.   See program information below.

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KIDS FIRST! partnering with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society this summer – new educational opportunity for island youth

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Summer Boot Camp

Spend a Week Viewing and Reviewing the Latest Films

If you have a 10 to 15-year-old in your life who loves films and dreams of being on the red carpet, KIDS FIRST! has the perfect opportunity. Your tween can participate in the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp this summer in Martha’s Vineyard at Martha’s Vineyard Film Center for an experience they will never forget.

Give your child (grandchild, niece, or nephew) the opportunity to build self confidence and learn more about behind-the-scenes aspects of the film industry as they critique the latest films, learn to write reviews, practice interview techniques, improve on-camera skills, visit with industry professionals, and are coached by seasoned professionals. All campers will have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic team of reporters.

Richard Paradise, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center comments, “We are thrilled to partner with KIDS FIRST!, a nationally known educational non-profit, in bringing this opportunity to the youth on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.”

The week-long boot camp on Martha’s Vineyard camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Locations and dates include:      July 27-31, 2015 – Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, (79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)  Watch a video of previous camps – click here


Leading the KIDS FIRST! teaching team is Ranny Levy, founder and president of KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a former television producer, educator and long-time children’s media advocate.  Joining Ms. Levy is Carol Darcy, a media literacy expert with an EdD in Education Leadership and Curriculum Development (Boston University). Ms. Darcy has taught kindergarten, undergraduate and graduate students and designed a professional development course called Being a Pro-Active Media Literacy Advocate.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critic’s program, now in its fourth year, has received acclaim from publishers and educators alike. The reviews, both written and videotaped, by the team of youth reporters reach an audience of more than 7 million monthly through affiliations with broadcast, print and online publishers including Huffington Post, Kidsville News, Working Woman,, HDnet Movies KidScene, LA Parent, Westchester Parent and many more.

For more information and to register, go to    Please act soon, because space is limited to 12 students. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.

For more information contact:

Ranny Levy
KIDS FIRST!/Coalition for Quality Children’s Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Ste 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Richard Paradise
Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
79 Beach Road
P.O. Box 4423
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Short Film Making on YOUR SMART PHONE Camp


The Smartphone Movie-Making Camp is a three-day, immersive, hands-on experience in which students learn the how to use their phone or ipad to make a short film! Students will get tips on using special mics, lights, tripods and other add-ons that will enable them to raise their game and make professional looking videos. Every student will leave with their own short film!

Students complete a series of assignments and upon completion will have a final project they can share with friends and family.

Instructor: David Tamés
David Tamés currently teaches video production in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. He has worked on a wide range of independent film and new media projects as producer, director, cinematographer, and editor and is currently co-directing Farm and Red Moon, a feature-length documentary about the humane animal slaughter.

David recently completed The David Hamilton Smith Story, a documentary about the co-developer of the HibTITER vaccine that eliminated spinal meningitis, and directed the award-winning short documentary Smile Boston Project, about Bren Bataclan’s street art project.

David is a co-founder of MIT Tech TV, the video sharing site for the MIT community. He earned an MS in Media Arts & Sciences from The MIT Media Lab and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

FilmmakersCollaborative.logoDate: Aug 10 – 12, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
For more information and to register, go to    Please act soon, because space is limited to 15 students. There are a limited number of scholarships available to island residents – please contact Richard Paradise for scholarship opportunities.

An interest in filmmaking matters most. You should come ready to focus and work!

All finished work will be shown at the MV Film Center at an evening screening prior to a feature film.