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The Film Foundation 

Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation (TFF) is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore over 850 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world.

To date, TFF's World Cinema Project has restored nearly 40 films from 24 different countries, representing the rich diversity of global cinema. The foundation is also teaching young people about film language and history through The Story of Movies, its innovative educational curriculum used by over 100,000 educators nationwide. Joining Scorsese on the board of directors are Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg. The Film Foundation is aligned with the Directors Guild of America.

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Lesson Plan: Empathy, Movies, and the Common Good, Part 2
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
What is historical empathy? How do movies personalize the political? In this lesson, through selected scenes from Steven Spielberg's film, "Lincoln...
Lesson Plan: Americans at the Movies - Communicating with Cuts
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 3-5, MS, HS
Use this lesson from The Story of Movies film study curriculum to introduce students to early filmmaking techniques. Students will screen the 1903...
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS, PD
In the first decades of the 20th century, Americans embraced a revolutionary new technology—motion pictures. This lesson, which features Charlie...
Lesson Plan: Reading Archival Footage - MLK's "The Other America"
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
In this lesson, students screen and discuss archival footage of a 1967 speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Stanford University. Thanks to...
Lesson Plan: The Social Drama Movie and the Child Labor Controversy
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Social reformers in the first decades of the 20th century embraced the new technology of motion pictures as a way to advocate for change. This lesson...
Lesson Plan: Empathy, Movies, and the Common Good, Part 1
  • Multiple Subjects
  • 3-5, HS
Movies have a powerful ability to create empathy through the stories they tell. With selected scenes from the 1999 animated film "The Iron Giant,"...
Lesson Plan: Understanding Populism
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Selected scenes from the 1949 film "All The King's Men" help illustrate abstract concepts of politics, populism and demagoguery. This lesson is one...