Creative & Professional Development

The Belcourt Theatre announces Film Art for High School Students, a seminar to introduce the formal elements of film,

Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 2022.  

NASHVILLE, TENN. (May 5, 2022) — The Belcourt Theatre announces a new week-long seminar for high school students called Film Art, June 13-17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Designed for rising 10th-12th graders, the seminar will be led by Sarah Childress, Education and Engagement Manager at the Nashville Film Festival.

“We’re thrilled to have Sarah Childress, a superstar guest speaker who’s led many film discussions at the Belcourt over the years, here to teach this summer seminar,” said Allison Inman, the Belcourt’s education and engagement director. “Our teenage audience has been steadily growing thanks to our Strong Leads seminars for girls and High School Film Club, and now students have an opportunity to take a deeper dive by exploring the building blocks of film. I know students will connect with Sarah’s dynamic teaching style and enjoy meeting other teenagers who love film.”

The seminar will introduce participants to the fundamental building blocks of film analysis by exploring the elements of film form — mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound — which work together to communicate story details, share emotions, and develop themes. Through a series of lectures, clip analyses and guided viewing, students will become more aware of the individual formal elements and how they function within a film. By the end of the seminar, students will be able to use their awareness of the function and contributions of these elements to analyze any film they watch.

“Cinematic storytelling was designed to be invisible, so it doesn’t distract from the story being told. But once you learn to see the various film elements and how they work together, a whole new world will appear before your eyes.” noted Childress. “I love sharing the Film Art seminar because it tunes film lovers more deeply into the films they love, giving them the ability to see and appreciate the artistry in action.”

Seminar tickets are $200 ($150 for Belcourt members), and need-based scholarships are available. Contact Allison Inman at for more information.

Please note that the seminar is designed to be taken as a whole – no single sessions. A boxed lunch and movie snacks will be provided each day (included in the ticket price).



Monday, June 13: Mise-en-scène (MISS JUNETEENTH, Dir. Channing Godfrey Peoples, USA, 2020, Rated R for brief strong language)

Tuesday, June 14: Cinematography (MINARI, Dir. Lee Isaac Chung, USA, 2020, Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and a rude gesture)

Wednesday, June 15: Editing (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER, Dir. Jamie Babbit, USA, 1999, Rated R for strong language and sexual content involving teens)

Thursday, June 16: Sound (THE BABADOOK, Dir. Jennifer Kent, Australia, 2014, Not Rated but contains violence and profanity)

Friday, June 17: Narration (GET OUT, Dir. Jordan Peele, USA, 2017, Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references)

About Sarah Childress:

Dr. Sarah Childress has taught film courses at Vanderbilt University, Bowdoin College, and Belmont University and is currently the Education and Engagement Manager for the Nashville Film Festival. She produced a film, MÚSICA CAMPESINA, which screened at internationally renowned film festivals, and her short film “Blue Dragon Mussel Wagon” was exhibited at the Boston Center for the Arts and Berlin‘s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

About the Belcourt Theatre:

The Belcourt Theatre is Nashville’s nonprofit film center, a cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming in our theatre, our community, and beyond. Housed in Nashville’s only neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt presents the best of independent, documentary, world, and repertory cinema 365 days a year, while promoting visual literacy and providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the power of film. First opened in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-35. The theatre reopened as a nonprofit art house in 1999. The Belcourt Theatre is funded in part by Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Arts Endowment, and is grateful for their support of our nonprofit mission.


ATHENS, TN–Athens Area Council for the Arts is thrilled to announce registration is open for a variety of summer arts programs for all grades. Unless otherwise note, all events take place at The Arts Center, 320 North White Street, Athens, TN.

            Kids Arts Camp 2022 is a one-week camp for students who complete grades K-6 in the 2021-2022 school year. This camp is a fun-filled week with all the arts for newbies and practiced performers a like led by Kay Frank and Lisa Sharp. Camp includes daily classes in art, music, drama, and dance. The camp day is 9:00 AM -2:00 PM Monday through Friday, ending with a performance on Friday at 1:00 PM of Downton Athens. Kids Arts Camp takes place at Westside Elementary School. Students may attend camp, week one June 6-10 at Westside, week two June 13-17 at Westside. Tuition is $90 per camper and includes all materials and a t-shirt. Please note that kindergarten aged students must have completed that grade during the 2021-2022 school year. Registration deadline for all weeks of Kids Arts Camp 2019 is Friday May 16, 2022. Early registration is advised as camps fill up quickly and spots are limited. Full and partial need-based scholarships are available through the Marian Biddle Trew Scholarship Fund.

            Theatre Camp 2022 is a two-week theatre intensive providing unparalleled classes in acting, stage movement, and music for ages 11 – 17. This camp offers collegiate level instruction in a fun and encouraging setting and is not limited to experienced actors – all youth are welcome and will benefit from this deep dive into the process of theatre. The camp day is 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday for two weeks, July 11-22. Camp ends with an evening performance of the original musical “Coyote v. Acme” by Kelly & Bob Borwick and Pam Thigpen, on Friday July 22. The cost of camp is $200 and all materials and a t-shirt are included. Registration deadline for Theatre Camp is Friday June 20, 2022. Full and partial need-based scholarships are available through the Marian Biddle Trew Scholarship Fund.

Jr. Musical Theatre Camp 2022 is where students in grades K-6 spend a week preparing to perform a 30-minute musical. This camp is focused on learning how to prepare for and produce a show and is a good learning opportunity for youth planning to audition for performances at school or with Athens Community Theatre. The camp day is 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday June 20-24, ending with three performances of the 30-minute musical Disney 101 Dalmatians KIDS on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25. The first day of camp includes an audition for the show, which campers will prepare for that morning. All camp participants are guaranteed a part in the show. Camp tuition is $200 and includes materials and a t-shirt. Registration deadline for Jr. Musical Theatre Camp is Monday May 30, 2022. Full and partial need-based scholarships are available through the Marian Biddle Trew Scholarship Fund.

Visual Arts Mini Camp, for ages 5 – 12 offers two-hour daily small group workshops in a variety of media. The workshops are divided into smaller age groups as follows. Ages 5-7 meet from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 8-10 meet from 12:00 PM to 2:00PM, and ages 10-12 meet from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Monday – Friday, June 27-July 1. On Friday of camp, the last 30 minutes for each age group is an exhibition of completed work. The cost of mini-camp is $45 and includes all materials. Registration deadline for Mini Camp is Monday June 6, 2022. Scholarships are not offered for Mini Camps; however, AACA will not let financial limitations be a barrier to participation in the arts – contact The Arts Center to discuss financial assistance or payment plans.

The Arts Center staff is available for questions via phone or in person during office hours, Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and encourages early registration as camps fill up quickly and spots are limited. Registration is not complete without payment. Limited full and partial need-based scholarships are available through the Marian Biddle Trew Scholarship Fund and an additional application is required for financial assistance. The scholarship application is available upon request from The Arts Center.

Registration for all camps is available online at Paper registration forms may be picked up and returned to The Arts Center at 320 North White Street, Athens, TN, 37303. Staff is available to answer questions via telephone during office hours, Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 423-745-8781