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April 27, 2006

2006 Film Festival News


"Like the Oscars, but not lame"

--The George Lucas Foundation, Eudtopia Magazine


"This is the first and only Level 6 Technology Implementation I've seen in the country. This is the highest level of educational technology integration in the nation."

--Dr. Moersch, principal investigator and creator of the internationally-recognized LoTi (Level of Technology Implementation) Project, and Director and Co-Founder of the National Business Education Alliance


"A national treasure"

--Leslie Connery, Deputy CEO and Conference Chair for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)


"This is as good as anything I've ever seen."

--Patrice Weaver, Operations Manager for GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting)


"The Pied Piper of Educational Technology"

--Kathy Ishizuka, The School Library Journal


Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation

Scholastic and Intel Corporation



The 2006 Annual Mabry Film Festival was nothing short of a stunning success. The festival was launched by Dr. Tim Tyson, Mabry's principal, five years ago as a means of propelling technology integration into engaging instructional activities for students. Mrs. Janet McCrary, retired Instructional Lead Teacher, and Mr. Chris Swanson, current Instructional Lead Teacher's hard work and dedication to this event has propelled it into a national model for excellence in technology integration.

This year's sold out, black tie event is like the Oscars for education. Student film maker teams arrived, in spectacular attire, to walk the red carpet to their pre-party celebratory events. Spot lights pierced the sky as, at 7:30PM, the enormous audience rose in complete silence to honor the men and women who defend our nation. Then, the celebrations began! The event was hosted from start to finish by our student emcees who introduced the nominees for each movie category and opened the eagerly anticipated envelopes. Each film, a two-minute short, was based on this year's festival theme: "The Power of Ideas: Stories from Our Studies."

Nothing is more exciting to our students than seeing such a large audience eagerly view their work with critical acclaim, than seeing and hearing the parents' and students' tremendous enthusiasm for each movie team's hard work in bringing big ideas to life on the big screen. And cheer they did! This year, in addition to the winning movie in each category, because of the generosity of several anonymous donors, an Apple iBook laptop computer and two 60 gigabyte video iPods were awarded to students. While not every student could take home the gold, all of the students who participated in this one-of-a-kind event are winners! Every single movie was a shining testimony to the bright hope of tomorrow: our children today and the power of their ideas!

In each 2006 Film Festival post in Podcast Central you can read a transcript of the night and download a video podcast of each of the movie categories in its entirety. You may also watch the movies online through your browser by simply clicking on any image below. Each image links to the movies in that category. Or you can visit mTV (Mabry TV).

My heart-felt thanks to the many, many people who helped make this event the most extraordinary educational celebration children can experience!


To view the different movies nominated in each category, click on the category links below. QuickTime 7 must be installed properly on your computer (Windows or Mac). If a movie was nominated in more than one category, the full movie only appears in its entirety in the first category in which it played the night of the Film Festival.

Best-Picture-Nominees
Cinematography Documentary Dramtic-Comedy
Sound Teaching-Learning

Each year students who are not participating on an official team to create a movie for the Best Picture competition are still eager to submit a movie in the hopes that it will be featured the night of the Film Festival and perhaps placed on MabryOnline. This year, winners were announced in each grade level for Best Indi--in other words, 3 movies (one in 6th, one in 7th, and one in 8th grade) took home the gold. In addition, one student film-maker from the Independent Film category was awarded a 60 gigabyte video iPod! To see the movies that competed in the Best Independent Category, click on each of the pictures below.

Indi Indi
6th and 7th Grade Indis 8th Grade Indis

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 09:08 AM

April 17, 2006

And the Winner Is...

I have just finished the screening of the 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival movies for our distinguished panel of judges. I think that some people who are not familiar with the quality of our students' work in the festival may think, "Oh, isn't that nice. They make some little movies." Let me tell you some of the comments made by our judges! Historically our judges feature people who work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, radio, and film, as well as people in technology, education, and the state department. In fact, one of our judges had to fly out to work on location for a television shoot in California.

Today, during the judging, I had the opportunity to sit next to the Operations Manager for Georgia Public Broadcasting. After, what turned out to be, the winning movie in the Best Picture Category was played, she turned to me and said emphatically, "Dr. Tyson, that movie is excellent! It is every bit as good as any professional work that has ever been submitted to me to be considered for airing on GPB!" What a compliment to the fine work of these 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students!

For those who may not realize it, some of our students' movies have already been aired on GPB. And winning movies from this year's festival will be aired after the festival has passed.

Here are some quotations from the judges today about several of the different movies in this year's submissions: "As good as anything I've ever seen!" "Awesome and powerful!" "This movie really affected me the most." "Wonderful, wonderful! I wish all of these could win!" "This was just overwhelmingly powerful! WOW!" "This movie was deeply thought-provoking and emotionally rich!" "A great, important message delivered with emotional impact." "I loved this. It had maximum impact and great pacing!" "This year's movies are just so refined and polished. They're just the most sophisticated yet!"

As your principal, yet once again, I just can not wait for you to see the amazing work our students are doing at Mabry! And in addition to my excitement about our students' work, I just can't wait to give away, in addition to the hundreds of trophies these movies command, an Apple iBook computer and two 60 gigabyte video iPods to deserving students! We are able to make these awards available to our students because of the generous anonymous donations of people in our extended learning community. Thank You!

See you at the 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival!

Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:46 PM

2006 Best Picture Category, 5th Annual Mabry Film Festival

Best-Picture-NomineesThe movies in this year's Best Picture Category were completely astounding. Without any doubt, each movie was worthy of the golden statue!

Every year we have a distinguished panel of judges, many of whom work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, radio, and film. During this year's judging I had the opportunity to sit next to the Operations Manager for Georgia Public Broadcasting. After, what turned out to be, the winning movie in the Best Picture Category was played, she turned to me and said emphatically, "Dr. Tyson, that movie is excellent! It is every bit as good as any professional work that has ever been submitted to me to be considered for airing on GPB!" What a compliment to the fine work of these 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Several times throughout the judging I heard comments about how deeply moving and powerful the movies were this year. I couldn't be any more proud of our students.

To watch the movies nominated for the Best Picture category, click on the picture.

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:15 PM

Award Winning Movies in the 2006 Annual Mabry Film Festival

To view the different movies nominated in each category, click on the category links below. If a movie was nominated in more than one category, the full movie only appears in its entirety in the first category in which it played the night of the Film Festival.

Cinematography Documentary Dramtic-Comedy
Sound Teaching-Learning

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:11 PM

Best Independent Film, 2006

Each year students who are not participating on an official team to create a movie for the Best Picture competition are still eager to submit a movie in the hopes that it will be featured the night of the Film Festival and perhaps placed on MabryOnline. This year, winners will be announced in each grade level for Best Indi--in other words, 3 movies (one in 6th, one in 7th, and one in 8th grade) will take home the gold. In addition, one student film-maker from the Independent Film category will be awarded a 60 gigabyte video iPod! To see the movies competing in the Best Independent Category, click on the picture below.

Indi Indi
6th and 7th Grade Indis 8th Grade Indis

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Quicktime required.

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:03 PM

April 12, 2006

The Fifth Annual Mabry Film Festival

The Fifth Annual Mabry Film Festival, April 25, 2006, 7:30pm, promises to be the best festival yet. This year's theme is "Power of Ideas: Stories from Our Studies." Twenty-five student-made, two-minute movies will be presented to our black-tie audience entering on the red carpet.

Awards will be given for Best Picture, Best Documentary, Best Teaching and Learning, Best Satire, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Independent Film (6th, 7th, and 8th grade awards in this last category). Additional special awards will be given to deserving students. These awards will include: an Apple iBook computer, and two 60 gigabyte video iPods.

Tickets for the festival are $3.00 and in limited supply. No tickets will be sold at the door as we expect this to be a sold out event. The festival begins at 7:30. Pre-parties begin at 6:30. We anticipate that the doors to the festival will open at 7:15 for general seating. This year, we are attempting to limit the festival to 90 minutes.

Please note that the movies pictured here are a random sampling of the movies. The fact that they appear on the website is not intended to suggest that they are nominated in any specific category.

Posted by Tim Tyson at 12:25 PM

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