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30 Day Film Challenge / Day 25

Today the challenge is a film that inspired me.

I taught art in a clinical setting for five years. I combined photography and writing, but writing did not come easy for the at-risk children I taught. Finding a way to inspire them and motivate them was a challenge. When I discovered this film, I made it part of my curriculum.

Of course, because of the nature of the film, I always had to get parental permission to show the film. I learned quickly that the reality of their lives was often worse than the film, so getting permission was never a problem.

“Freedom Writers” is a 2007 film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diaries, real life experiences of a teacher by Erin Gruwell.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-fifth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

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30 Day Film Challenge/Day 24

Today the challenge is a film made by your favorite director..

It should not surprise any of you that I do not have a favorite director. If push came to shove and I had to choose, I would select Alfred Hitchcock (The Truble with Harry) or Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark).

Since  this is my challenge, I decided to take a backward approach. I remembered a 3D short that at one time was a feature a

t Disney theme parks.

Captain Eo, starring Michael Jackson and Angelica Huston, was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written by George Lucas, Rusty Lemorande, and Francis Ford Coppola.

It was shown consistently from 1986 to 1989, then shelved until Michael Jackson’s death. It played at Disney again and was last shown on December 6, 2015.

Here is a clip, but not in 3D or with the in-theatre 4D effects. It was one of my Disney favorite features.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz.
Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-fourth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

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30 Day Film Challenge/Day 23

Today the challenge is a film that means a lot to you personally.

When my sister B.J. was alive we read books ‘together’ remotely. We would read a few chapters then chat about the book. We were drawn to books about the area and culture in which we were raised.

One of our favorite books was “Wish You Well” a drastic genre departure for author David Baldacci, but a semi-autobiographical book based on the area in Virginia where his ancestors lived.

When the book was made into a movie, we both bought a copy, but she passed away before she was able to watch it.

It will always be a sentimental favorite of mine.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-third day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

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30 Day Film Challenge/Day 22

Today the challenge is your favorite film set in a fantasy world.

My definition of a fantasy world might be different than you definition, so I am going with mine, okay?

Today, I am selecting the movie “Beetlejuice” starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, and Alec Baldwin. This 1988 film directed by Tim Burton is another family favorite. We have not watched it in a while, so it might be time to dust off the DVD.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-second day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!

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30 Day Film Challenge/Day 21

Today the challenge is a film that made me want to fall in love.

There are a lot of romantic movies out there. Wonderful old black and white classics as well as some more contemporary films are easy to find. There are romantic movies with tragic endings and movies of unrequieted love. Of course a good romantic movie can make you laugh (When Harry Met Sally) or might make you cry (Love Story) but they do not make me want to fall in love.

Innocent love for me is the purest of love. The kind where love is the anchor of everything and it makes the entire world delightful. So, for this category I chose “Benny and Joon” starring a very young Johnny Depp and the lovely Mary Stuart Masterson. It depicts the love worth fighting for even when the world tells you how incapable you are at loving.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-first day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!