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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
I.B. Film Higher Level


In I.B. Film we'll study classic film theories and movements as well as practice our own production technique. The course requires a high degree of commitment to the art form and a desire to engage in discussion and an exchange of ideas about the art of film making not only from a historical and cultural point of view but also from the point of view of a producing artist. You will critique the work of your class mates as well as subject your own work to critical review.

Filmmakers are evaluated ultimately in one of five areas:

  1. Scriptwriting
  2. Cinematography
  3. Editing
  4. Sound Design
  5. Directing

That said however, students get ample opportunity to practice skills in all five areas throughout this two year long course.

Film theory involves study into auteur theory, formalism, realism, gender and Marxist theory. Historical movements include the Silent Era, German Expressionism, Film Noir, The French New Wave, Native American Filmmaking and Hollywood's Big Three (Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola) as well as others.

Final products to be evaluated include a 12-15 page documentary script, a 15 minute oral analysis of a film clip, a seven minute film with 1200 word written commentary, and a 40 second trailer of same film.