Themes and Topics

Recommendations for films organized by themes culled from the California Content Standards. The themes have been adapted to a broader framework, so that the list can be useful to all educators.


Bay Area Avant-garde

New Module! Expanded information on key films and filmmakers featured in the book Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video In the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, an overview of avant-garde cinema in the Bay Area.


Useful Links

Copyright Resources Project
Media Literacy Resources
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Using Primary Sources on the Web

Resource Guides

The guides in this section are intended as models of how the resources on CineFiles might be used to enrich the classroom viewing experience. We hope to expand this section in the future.


Birth of a Nation
Control Room/Tanner '88
Bowling for Columbine/Elephant