Here are links to outstanding film productions you can view online.

It’s important to know what good cinematography and storytelling looks and sounds like. I’ll add more links as I find them. If you have a suggestion for a link to add, email me and let me know! πŸ™‚

My new favorite right now? Made by 4th grader Zachary Maxwell! Check THIS out!

Yuck: A 4th Grader’s Short Documentary About School Lunch from Maxwell Project on Vimeo.

Focus Forward: Short Films/Big Ideas (3 minute films)

Nick News with Linda Elerbee

Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium/S.E.V.A.Β 

Β Internet Archives

2011 Winning Documentary NHD Junior Division: “Private Tragedies for the Public Good”

2007 Winning Documentary NHD Junior Division: “The Great Seattle Fire”

Β 2009 12th Place NHD Senior Division: “Alice Paul and the Women’s Rights Movement: A Fight Worth Fighting”

2011 Finalist NHD Junior Division: “The Scopes ‘Great Monkey’ Trial”


You have GOT to check this out! If you make a film like this-which is VERY, VERY possible for a 6th grade student-you will win ANY contest you enter. And, more importantly, you will be learning a LOT about the topic as well as refining your writing, reading comprehension, research, filmmaking skills!

29 thoughts on “Documentaries

    • Hi Emily!
      Glad you are navigating around on the blog. Way to go! And nice avatar. Is that a snowflake I see? Be sure to check out the math links per your homework! πŸ™‚

    • Glad you’re checking out the blog, Jaleasha! What do you find most helpful or cool? Are there things you think we should add?

  1. I just checked out that prezi website and it looks super cool!!!
    Is prezi short for presentation? I’m really looking forward to doing prezis!!!

    • Prezi is AWESOME! I think your inference that it’s short for presentation tool is correct. They call it the “z”ooming presentation tool, so that might be where the “z” comes from? πŸ™‚

    • Prezi is a GREAT way to present information. You want to be careful not to zoom and swoop too much, though.

  2. Mr. Bentley, Am I missing it?
    Where would one find more information on this? ie: registration ~ Thx

    September 7
    How to create a school news story
    @ News 10 in Sacramento 4-7:00 PM
    Registration is required

  3. Hey, smart kid! Nice work today with your script and storyboard for the P2 PSA! Your group is ready to film!!!! YAAAAYYYYY!!!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Let’s stick with the cameras we have at school. I know the compatibility is good. We have two Flips in addition to the two HD cams. What we need are more computers which can edit. iMac? 21.5″ I’m thinking of putting one on Hmmmm…

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