Plaza Cinema Field Trips

The Plaza is offering a variety of field trips suitable for grade school children to high school adolescents. If you enjoy films and believe this exceptional art form can be a fun and educational tool to teach history, social sciences, natural sciences, languages, art and culture - then partner with The Plaza.

By coming to The Plaza students are able to experience the Arthouse Cinema environment and learn about how it differs from the multiplex cinema. Every field trip includes a short presentation on what we do as a not-for-profit, and how we enrich the community culture through film.


SEED: The Untold Story

Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

Directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
Featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel

The Eagle Huntress

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Directed by Otto Bell
Featuring Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rhys Nurgaiv


Persepolis (NR) This uniquely styled graphic novel traces the biographical history of its author, Marjane Satrapi as she depicts her progression from childhood to becoming an adult. Satrapi grew up at a pivotal point in Iranian history, spending her adolescence in the depths of the Islamic revolution. Told from her perspective, she moves back and forth between Iran and Iraq, facing societal clashes, losing loved ones to the revolution, and being consistently separated from her family both physically and in shared ideologies. The non-fiction graphic novel was ranked by Newsweek as the fifth on its list of the best non-fiction books of the last decade. PERSEPOLIS was adapted into a film in 2007, following the same artistic style as the graphic novel, but with some color added. A team of twenty animators were given the task of transforming Satrapi's graphic novel into a moving animation, a project that emphasized traditional animation techniques as well as the capabilities of only using two solid colors (black and white) to achieve depth. In 2007, the film was a co-winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and nominated for an Oscar.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud


To Kill a Mockingbird

In great depression era Alabama young “Scout” comes of age while her father Atticus takes on a racially charged court case. Spanning over about three years of her life, the novel Follows Scout, her father Atticus, and brother Jem through the trials and tribulations of growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s. The Pulitzer prize winning novel was adapted into a film by director Robert Mulligan in 1962, for which he received critical acclaim and several Academy Awards. As a part of the National Film Registry this film remains a symbolic icon of American Culture, much like Harper Lee’s classic novel.

Directed By Robert Mulligan
Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham


Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre brings this eagerly awaited production live to the cinema screen from its sold-out run at the Barbican. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death, but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Directed by Robin Lough
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Sian Brooke

Romeo and Juliet

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Kenneth Branagh co-directs with Rob Ashford, reuniting with the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Richard Madden and Lily James, as Romeo and Juliet. Also featuring Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse. Romeo and Juliet will be screened in high definition black and white.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford
Starring Derek Jacobi and Lily James

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Killing us Softly 4

Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes—images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.

Filmmaker Sut Jhally
Production Year 2010

Tough Guise

Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society needs to be understood and addressed as part of a much larger cultural crisis in masculinity. Whether he's looking at bullying and school shootings or gay bashing, sexual assault, and violence against women, Katz makes a powerful case that male violence, misogyny, and homophobia are inextricably linked to how we define manhood as a culture. The film gives special attention to how American media have glamorized increasingly regressive and violence masculine ideals in the face of mounting social and economic threats to traditional white male heterosexual authority. Katz's innovative cultural approach to gender violence prevention has been adopted by the NFL, the NCAA, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Filmmaker Sut Jhally
Production Year 1999

Field Trips for Elementary School Students

The Plaza offers a variety of field trips that are appropriate for grades 3 - 5 focusing on the fundamentals of storytelling and animation. In the past students have participated in interactive lessons where they watch animated films, learn about the fundamentals of animation and gain hands on experience creating heir own stop motion films. 

Boxcar Children

In past years 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from River Elementary enjoyed interactive field trips where they saw the animated film BOXCAR CHILDREN (based on the franchised book by the same name), learned about different animation techniques and created their own stop-motion films.

Based on a 1924 novel of the same name, The Boxcar Children has been adapted into a franchise including over 150 adventures in film and novel form. In the original premise, four siblings take to the road after their parents die and make a home in an abandoned boxcar.

Directed by Daniel Chuba
Starring Illenan Douglas, Martin Sheen, Zachary Gordon, Mackenzie Foy