St. Mark’s students are able to start taking Film beginning in sixth grade and continue into Upper School. Jennifer Gilbert begins by teaching the history of film by showing students silent films with icons like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. They also make a project to demonstrate their knowledge of filmmaking. As they move into Upper School, students learn about modern film and are presented with more varied opportunities to write, direct, and edit their own films with members of their class and school.
Short films created in class appeared in the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2012, 2014, and 2016, the All American High School Film Festival in 2015 and 2016, and the Austin Film Festival in 2016.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.