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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

This hands-on semester course will allow you to produce your own video in several different genres.

Media Arts/Video II

A honing of the production skills practiced in Media Arts/ Video I, this semester course requires successful completion of Media Arts/Video I or instructor approval, self motivation and a high interest in Media.

I.B. Film Standard Level

An exciting year long academic film course that mixes the theoretical with the practical.

I.B. Film Higher Level

The ultimate film course offered at Southwest High School, a two year course blending production and theory, is only open to current juniors who have completed successfully I.B. Film Standard Level.

Advanced Media


·      Provide a broader scope and sequence in Media Arts and Film

·      Offer opportunities for advanced study to the serious media and film student.

·      Offer opportunities to students who want to study media other than Video

·      Increase choices of electives for the larger community

·      Increase the use of video technology in the SWHS community