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Rabbit Hole Screenings' mission is to engage and inspire underserved youth to find their voice through cinematic storytelling and self-reflective filmmaking.
Founded by Ellen Steloff in 2010, Rabbit Hole Screenings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to using film as an entryway for underserved and at-risk youth into self-awareness and academic engagement. Our vision is to offer young people the opportunity to view great films, to help them use film as a lens to examine their lives, and to empower them to share their ideas with others. For the last six years Rabbit Hole has supported classrooms at Fairfax High School, L.A. High, Hollywood High and Hillsides.
Rabbit Hole Screenings engages students in a broad and interdisciplinary curriculum that supports critical thinking, improved communication skills and an exploration of ethics, philosophy and personal growth. While designed with underserved and at-risk youth in mind, the curriculum and pedagogic approach is effective for all students. The Rabbit Hole model is based on peer-reviewed research and acknowledged educational best practices, and has been used effectively with AP English classes.
Movies naturally encourage us to identify emotionally with the protagonists, to see the connection between cause and effect, and to build empathy and understanding for unfamiliar people and cultures. Rabbit Hole harnesses the power to read and critique a narrative and helps students to transfer this ability to think critically about their own stories so they can make positive choices in their lives.