505 Films + Friends
It’s Where You Belong!
505 Films + Friends is a new club where young people can gather in a safe, positive, thought-provoking environment to engage socially through the viewing and discussion of films. Students will begin to learn about film, filmmaking, film vocabulary, as well as storytelling techniques. Each screening allows members to explore their own lives in relationship to the themes represented in the films with interactive discussions and activities led by a teaching artist and professional psychologist. Participants will also have time to schmooze and enjoy refreshments.
505 Films + Friends is an inclusive space for young people with and without disabilities and will inspire creativity, build confidence, connections and community awareness while empowering members with social skills to navigate school, career, and life.
Register now for our winter/spring session
Runs every other week with a different film each session.
Takes place at Cinema505 – 505 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.
High School club (open to 8-12th graders)
Meets Fridays from 4pm – 7pm
1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9 & 3/23
Young Adult club (ages 18 -28)
Meets on Sundays from 5pm – 8pm
1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11 & 3/25
Sample Class Schedule:
1. Check-in + Schmooze: (15 minutes) Get name tags and socialize. (Facilitators will provide guidance and support to be sure that everyone’s included).
2. Introduction of this week’s film: (30 minutes) Warm-up discussion focusing on film’s theme, characters, cinematography techniques and/or professions, and how film relates to participants’ personal life experiences.
3. View film: (1.5 hrs) in Cinema 505’s sensory-friendly environment.
4. Interactive film discussion: (15-30 min) Conversation and activities led by professional psychologist and teaching artist.
5. Post-mingle mix-it-up: (15-30 min) Enjoy and engage over snacks!