STAR Student-Made Films

Student Made Films

 

Aerial tour of STAR School
Aerial tour of STAR School by STAR School 7th and 8th grade students Madison and Joshua flying a quadcopter with a go pro with help from NAU Communications students Graham, Beth, Allen and Saylor.

 

STAR Symbiosis
STAR School 3rd and 4th grade students learn about Aquaponics in their classroom. Film made by STAR 3rd and 4th graders Bahozhoni, Aydan, Hawke, Artisha and Charmaine with help from NAU Communications student Allie.

 

Veronica’s Farm to Preschool Film
STAR School 8th grader Veronica made this entertaining short film about the Farm to Preschool program featuring a bunch of adorable preschoolers. Made with help from NAU Communications student Saylor.

 

Juniper Ash
A short film about the importance of using Juniper Ash in traditional Dine’ cooking. Film made by STAR School 7th and 8th grade students Amber, Ian, Veronica, and Joshua with help by NAU Communications student mentors Saylor, Allen, and Robinli.

 

Old Leupp to New Leupp
Stop motion 2D animation made by STAR School 7th and 8th grade students Tamia and Madison with help from their NAU Film student mentors Sydney, Cody, and Connor.

 

Hawaii fundraiser

 

A Day Learning with our Elders
A day learning about traditional life with Traditional Practitioner Jones Benally. Short video made by 7th and 8th grade students Kristopher and Hallie, with help by NAU Communications student Allen. Music by Jones Benally.

 

STAR School and NAU Communications EMF405 Partnership 
STAR School elementary students partnered with an NAU Communications class to create several short films about their community. This is the story of that partnership as told by Jeremiah.

 

STAR School 5th and 6th graders ask NASA Questions
STAR School 5th and 6th graders ask questions about MAVEN. Filmed by STAR 7th and 8th graders.

 

NASA Questions
Questions for NASA MAVEN project written and filmed by STAR School 7th and 8th grade students. Made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

RedBird Saves the Corn  Traditional Navajo Spider Woman story retold through Lightbox Animation by STAR School students Larissa Luther, Taylor Long, Makyla Allison. Story learned through the Voices Native Literature program, “Zinnia: How the Corn was Saved” by Patricia Hruby Powell. Demonstration of integration of Native Literature, Literacy, and Place-Based Media Arts, produced by Media Arts Educator Rachel Tso, Youth Mentors Camille Manybeads Tso and Kira Butler. Winner 2nd place in the Middle School Animation category of the 2014 My Hero International Film Festival and an official selection of: The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles; The American Indian film Festival in San Francisco; The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival; and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show; and NAU Native American and Indigenous Film Series. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This Film was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Doo’ko’osliid  Dine’ youth explore their, and their community’s, relationship with Doo’ko’osliid, the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. Film made by Dine’ youth during the Peace and Film 5 Day Peer Leadership Summer Camp, Mentored by Camille Manybeads Tso and Kira Butler.  An example of Place-Based Media Arts. This film is an official selection of: The American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA; The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA; The Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, CO. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This film was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Ta’Chéé  STAR School 8th grader William John explores the traditional meaning and reasons for the Ta’Chéé (sweatlodge) ceremony. An Example of Place-Based Media Arts, Directed by William John, Assistant Director Tevin Todacheenie, Mentored by Camille Manybeads Tso and Keanu Jones, and was produced by Media Arts Educator Rachel Tso. This film is an official selection of: The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA;The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival;and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. This Video was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Route 13  A young Dine’ man picks up a beautiful hitchhiker. Story written by STAR Middle School students, based on a popular local ghost story. All content is fictional, any similarities to real people or events is purely coincidental. This Short Film was created by STAR Middle School Media Arts Students, Taylor Long, Cedric John, Larissa Luther, and Makyla Allison, and was produced by Media Arts Educator Rachel Tso. Music by Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike, and additional music by R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman. This Video was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

STAR School 2012 Festival of Da’nest’aah (Harvest): Honor the Farmer This event was made possible by a grant from The First Nations Development Institute to the STAR School. This short was filmed by STAR Middle School Students and Alumna Kira Butler, photography by Kate Sorensen and Louva Montour, edited by Rachel Tso. Music is Memories of the Fall by Skychasers. For non-commercial, educational purposes only.

 

STAR Peacemaking  An Educational Documentary in which STAR (Service To All Relations) School Students and Staff Demonstrate how Navajo Peacemaking is Taught and Implemented to Create a Compassionate and Responsive School Environment. Made by STAR School Media 7th / 8th grade students Keanu Jones, Kira Butler, Taylor McCabe, and Kristen Jones under the direction of filmmaker and educator Rachel Tso. Based on “The Manual for Peacemaking” by Dr. Mark Sorensen and Thomas Walker Jr. This film is an official selection of: The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA; and The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This film was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

STAR Energy  A student made documentary short about Solar and Wind Energy at the STAR School, the country’s first off grid, solar / wind powered charter school in the country; located on the edge of the Southwestern Navajo Nation. Filmmaking by 7th/8th grade students, Kira Buter, Joshua Gregg, Donovan Warren, and Tyrail Smith under the direction of Rachel Tso integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy. Music by Kelly Hawthorne. This film is an official selection of: AZ Student Film Festival: Winner of 1st place in Middle School Microshort and the Grand Prize for the Middle School Age Division. The Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, CO; The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA; The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival; and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This film was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Nitsidigo’i’  STAR School Kindergarten class visits their teacher’s cornfield to learn how to make Nitsidigo’i’, Kneel Down Bread, a traditional Dine’ Heritage Food. Filmmaking by 7th / 8th grade students, Kira Butler, Joshua Gregg, and Keanu Jones under the direction of Rachel Tso integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy. Music by Radmilla Cody. This film is an official selection of: AZ Student Film Festival – Winner of Grand Prize Grades 6 – 8 and 1st place Grades 6-8 Microshort. The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA; Cine Las Americas, Austin, TX; The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival; and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This film was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Texting PSA  STAR School Students, 7th Grader Miranda Rodriguez, 5th Grader Missy Mae Stos, and 6th Grader Kendra David, created this Public Service Announcement about Texting and Driving, produced by Media Arts Educator Rachel Tso. This Video was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

 

Coyote and the STARs  STAR School Preschoolers act out a traditional Navajo Winter Story. Demonstration of integrating Native Literature and Place-Based Media Arts by Filmmaker and Educator Rachel Tso. This film and the STAR Media Arts Program was featured in the documentary “Valdagno, Arizona” and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  This Video was made for Non-Commercial, Educational Purposes Only.

To learn more about the STAR Media Arts Program please visit: http://mediaarts.starschool.org