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Taproot Creates 'Movies' That Can Revolutionize Education
Article Editor: Christopher Laird Simmons
BAY CITY, Wis. - November 22, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Taproot Inc., an independent initiative specializing in education through the media arts, has harnessed the power of the movies and may just be parents, teachers and communities' answer to uniting with the technological age.
Communities have hard core issues to deal with and are searching for innovative new ways to effectively and economically address them. Taproot's "Movie Making Process(R)" was designed to do just that. It's a fast and inexpensive way for communities to film and make their own movies.
Taproot does the research, creates the detailed shooting script and project template. High school students become the lead cast and compose the musical score, community members play themselves and the whole community collaborates to make the movie. It's your own reality show in your hometown.
"Crossing The Line; The Dangers of Methamphetamine" is a 20-minute documentary movie that is ready to be actively used. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that is ruining young lives, devouring community resources and growing exponentially as it moves its way across America. This movie can be used by itself as a pro-active tool or a community can use the script to make their own movie in only two months.
Taproot's most recent movie is on sexual assault. Tragically, sexual assault occurs over 90% of the time from someone one knows and trusts; the group hit hardest is the 16-24 year olds. "A Crime of Violence; Understanding Sexual Assault" will be available the first of December with the shooting script and template available the middle of the month.
On schedule for production in early 2005 is a movie on early childhood development. "It's geared towards preventing child abuse and will be available for April's National Child Abuse Awareness Week," said Linda Flanders, CEO of Taproot, Inc. "There's a potential Spielberg in every community. The template provides the parameters, but there's plenty of room for individuality and community diversity. It's using the best of technology in the service of humanity."
Flanders said that for the past seven years, she and her sister/colleague have researched and developed "The Matrix Model" - an innovative way of learning that incorporates early childhood development, perceptual difficulties and multiple learning styles. They use this model to create their movie scripts. "We can take a two-hour lecture or a very complex problem and compress it into a 20-minute movie that everyone can learn from."
The New York International Film Festival recently accepted "Crossing the Line; The Dangers of Methamphetamine" as a short documentary for their April 2005 film festival.
Flanders added, "Movies can be more than a Hollywood Ending, they can show us how to get one."
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