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David West MEDIA & FILM Teacher
Black and Blue
From award winning video Black and Blue by Simon Tolman, Jasper Lazor and Amir Sharif. This film won top honors in the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Best Short Short in the Southwest Film Festival and Best in Fest in the EDU. Jasper Lazor also won cinematography honors for it at EDU

Welcome to Southwest Film and Media

We offer students meaningful learning experiences in Media Arts, Videography and Film History and Critique from 9th grade through 12th grade if a student chooses.

Our IB Film (Standard Level and Higher Level courses) is college level work that can count toward a student's BA depending on the college or University.

Check out and subscribe to our youtube channel. SWFilmMedia


Head Below Water
Lucy Bowman's award winning short screened at the Minne Mini Film Festival, The Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival as well as the Southwest Film Fest. Lucy also screened her latest movie When I See You at the EDU Festival and was a finalist in the Emerging Women Filmmaker's category

From Avi Patel's Short Short in the 2017 SW Film Fest. Click to see all the Short Short Finalists
Media Arts/Video

You will produce the following:

1. A silent film

2. A commercial

3. A music video

4. A video of your own choosing

5. As well as many other smaller projects

We will also watch and critique not only your work and the work of your students but also the work of professionals. Required film studies include The Truman Show (1999) Weir, Reel Injun (2009) Diamond as well as study in advertising, small group processes and the 1st amendment but the course is primarily experiential and involves about 80% lab time. Students not interested in video making should think twice before enrolling.