Students to film documentaries at border

Students will travel to San Diego, Tijuana and Rosarito Beach for the Crossing Borders trip to create a digital storytelling project about the border issues at the U.S.-Mexico border from Jan. 11 to 15. Students will make documentaries about the lives of people on both sides of the wall, capturing “an insider’s experience” with the […]

Norman Lear, Kenya Barris speak at diversity forum

Norman Lear, Kenya Barris speak at diversity forum

Speakers discussed racial diversity at the Middle School yesterday, ranging from ideas about the media’s influence on the election to the importance in bridging cultural divides. The public forum, “All in the (black-ish) Family,” featuring “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear (Madeline ’13) and “black-ish” and “America’s Next Top Model” co-creator […]

Filmmakers dive into MOCA

Filmmakers dive into MOCA

Students of the Video Art I, II and III classes visited The Geffen Contemporary building at The Museum of Contemporary Art to visit artist Doug Aitken’s “Electric Earth” exhibit Jan. 6. The exhibit showcased multiple forms of art such as video art, photography and sculpture. The focus of the pieces was centered around nature’s relationship […]

Students attend Women in Entertainment summit

Students attend Women in Entertainment summit

Students attended the second annual Women in Entertainment Summit at the Cinerama Dome on Nov. 10. The summit included panels led by women in the entertainment industry and focused on topics ranging from the need for female-led storytelling to how gender and sexuality shape societal identities. “We’re living in a time where there’s an increased […]

Students on Vietnam trip to run social media accounts

Students going on the HW Go! Vietnam Digital Storytelling trip Jan. 15-24 will run Instagram and Snapchat accounts so students can stay updated with those on the trip. Those interested in social media updates can follow the Instagram account hwphoto2 and the Snapchat account hwvietnam. With trip leaders Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke and upper […]

School announces filmmaking trip to Cambodia

HW! Go’s Digital Storytelling Adventure trip to Cambodia has not been officially approved by the school, but registration is open on the Friendship Tours World Travel website. Ninth to 12th grade students who want to go on the trip July 17-28 must fill out an application explaining why they want to go on the trip […]

Summer trip to Cambodia, Beat the Bot Challenge announced at assembly

A Digital Storytelling Adventure to Cambodia, a Beat the Bot Challenge and the Advanced Dance II teaser for their upcoming show highlighted Wednesday’s assembly. Sarah McAllister ’15 announced that Head of Visual Arts Department Cheri Gaulke, cinematographer Jeff MacIntyre and the director of Friendship Tours World Travel Alethea Tyner Paradis will lead a trip to […]

Blogging Havana: Starting in Little Havana, Miami

Sunday, Jan 18 From the moment we got off our shuttle van in Domino Park on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami, we could feel the difference in culture. Inside the park, retired Cuban immigrants were spending hours glued to their domino or chess game. The environment was filled with laughter, fast-spoken Spanish and the […]

Teachers visit India on immersion grant

Art teachers Cheri Gaulke and Claire Cochran traveled to India during winter break on a faculty fellowship bestowed by Harvard-Westlake’s Cultural Heritage and Arts of India Club and the Gunter-Gross Asia Initiative. “We got a grant from the school to investigate art,” Gaulke said. “We were looking at miniature paintings and dance. I was videotaping, […]

Improved diplomacy to affect Cuba trip

As students are getting ready to depart for Cuba this Saturday, President Barack Obama’s December announcement declaring the country’s efforts to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba affects restrictions on educational travel groups and may ease travel to Cuba in the future. Although tourists are still not allowed to travel to Cuba, traveling rights are expanding […]

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