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2007 Film Festival


"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


2007 Event Pictures:  And the Winners Are...
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The 2007 Annual Mabry Film Festival, our 6th such event, was nothing short of a stunning success. In fact, this film festival was the best one yet. The festival was launched by Dr. Tim Tyson, Mabry's principal, six 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, former Instructional Lead Teacher's hard work and dedication to this event has propelled it into an international 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: "Making Our World a Better Place."

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 the International Society for Technology in Education, commonly referred to as ISTE, an Apple iBook laptop computer and a Digital Video Camera was donated to a deserving student. Because of the generosity of Apple Incorporated, three students were awarded an 80 gigabyte video iPod. 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: the sincere desire of our children to make the world a better place!

You may watch all of the movies from the film festival 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) to see not only these movies, but many digital media products from previous years.

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
Teaching-Learning Documentary Sound
Dramtic-Comedy Teaching-Learning Cinematography

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posted on: April 25, 2007

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 on: April 17, 2006

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 on: April 17, 2006

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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posted on: April 17, 2006

PE Takes Home the Gold, Fourth Annual Film Festival, 2005

This movie took home an "Oscar" from the Fourth Annual Mabry Film Festival.
The movie was produced by 7th grade PE students and has a very important message.

PE Movie

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posted on: June 20, 2005

8th Grade Independent Films, Fourth Annual Film Festival, 2005

Each of these two films took home "Oscars" during the Fourth Annual Mabry Film Festival.
They were submitted by 2 different groups of 8th grade students.

Testament to the Human Spirit Right to Vote

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posted on: June 20, 2005

7th Grade Independent Films, Fourth Annual Film Festival, 2005

Both of these films took home "Oscars" during the Fourth Annual Mabry Film Festival.
They were submitted by 2 different groups of 7th grade students.
Each of these movies has a brief introduction by some of the students involved in producing the movie.

Animal Antics Antarctica

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posted on: June 20, 2005

Fourth Annual Mabry Film Festival, Best Picture Category, 2005

Mabry's Fourth Annual Film Festival
2005 Theme: Celebrate Achievement
Best Picture Category

2005 Best Picture Category

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posted on: June 17, 2005

Power to Learn

Naturally, we have some thoughts about the Power to Learn laptop initiative for Cobb County students.

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Clicking on the picture above will download a PDF document we at Mabry have prepared for you. Please print and distribute it to help inform our community about The Power to Learn. 
 
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posted on: June 17, 2005

technology@mabry.cool

Hosted by Blake and Katie, these movies talk about the many ways we use technology at mabry.cool. Click on any of the movie icons below to watch that section of the movie. This project is aired from time to time on CobbEdTV.

00-&-01-Pic-4 02-Blogs-1 02-Blogs-1 04-Tyson-1 05-Way-Beyond-Blogs-3 02-Blogs-1 07-Film-Festival-1 08-Even-More-1 09-Top-Secret-1 10-Moms-And-Dads-1 11-Ipod-1 12-Splost-&-Ending-1

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posted on: June 17, 2005

Third Annual Mabry Film Festival, Best Picture Category, 2004

Mabry's Fourth Annual Film Festival
2004 Theme: Imagine...
Best Picture Category
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2004 Best Picture Category

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posted on: June 16, 2005

Third Annual Mabry Film Festival, 2004

Watch three of the movies from our third Film Festival. The movie on the left was created by two 8th grade students as the opening movie to introduce the envelopes which contained the evening's winners. Ivor joined our bookkeeper, who present the envelopes, on the stage.

The movie on the right was produced by a group of 8th grade girls. The movie on the bottom was produced by a group of 8th grade students. We were unable to have our Mabry Symphony perform, so they created this.

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2004, Envelopes Movie 2004, Inde Movie
2004, Overture Movie

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posted on: June 16, 2005

Second Annual Mabry Film Festival, 2003

Watch three of the movies from our second Film Festival. The movie on the left was created by 6th grade students and won Best Picture for 2003. The movie on the right won numerous other categories. The movie on the bottom was produced by our Physical Education department by 8th grade students. All are excellent and extremely compelling. Click on a movie to watch it.

2003, 6C Movie 2003, 7C Movie
2003, PE Movie

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posted on: June 03, 2005

Support Our Students

This movie, produced in 2003, gives an excellent overview of the Mabry Annual Film Festival and how you can help support technology at Mabry Middle School.

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posted on: June 02, 2005

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