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PHS hosts 4th annual Pontiac Film Festival

Films demonstrated impressive cinematography and artistic vision,” teacher says

by Glen Hartle
Shawville
Mar. 1, 2024
Pontiac High School English teacher Jordan Kent hosted the 4th annual Pontiac Film Festival on Friday, and the docket of creativity seems to have hit new strides.
The event showcased and celebrated films created by grade 11 students and were a component of the poetry unit within english class. Students adapted a poem into a short film applying skills and techniques they had learned in class while also learning how to analyze poetry.
“The way poetry is traditionally taught is through directed-analysis,” said Kent. “It treats poetry in a cold and tedious manner. My approach is to put the individual reaction and interpretation to the forefront.”
Kent is a member of Poetry in Voice, an online charity that “wants all Canadians to speak poetry.” Students in Kent’s class based their films on works from poets including Yi Lei (Between Strangers), Billy-Ray Belcourt (If Our Bodies Could Rust, We Would Be Falling Apart) and Eve Joseph (You knock on the door).
“It is wonderful to see the talent of students . . .

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