Champions du Monde

Our first-ever Paris program wrapped up last Saturday. We screened four films at our morning Red Carpet Event, two films in English and, for the first time, two in French! 

This program comprised the greatest diversity of any Lights, Camera, Learn program ever. We worked with stars from age 7 to 18, from eight different countries, in two different languages. The films we created throughout our week in the French countryside demonstrated the best of our filmmaking capabilities, each one well-written, well-produced, and well-edited. And as always, the best part was our fantastic cast! 

We hope you enjoy our films from Paris 2018! Check them out here!

Our local stars departed shortly after they’d seen their hard work come to life on screen and our international students stuck around to hang with us for one last day. We finished our time in the countryside celebrating Bastille Day with our French counterparts. The morning after our Red Carpet, we embarked on our second journey into Paris, this time headed into the center of the biggest celebration in the world.

The final match of the 2018 World Cup was a thrilling and raucous event. The entire city clutched one another as the French national team fought through 90 minutes toward victory. With a final score of 4-2, the whistle sounded, the match ended and the city erupted. Those of our team in attendance marched with hundreds of thousands of Parisian down the Champs-Élysées, celebrating victory in the capital of France.

France won the World Cup and we were in Paris to witness it. We are so fortunate to have been here to celebrate with the citizens of France as they claimed their rightful title as the champions of the world. To witness their victory was not only special, it was once-in-a-lifetime. July 15th, 2018 is a day that our Paris team will not soon forget.

Merci Les Bleus! 

We will never forget our time in France, not only for the experience of seeing the country win the World Cup, but for the unforgettable memories we made with our friends and students in the countryside. During our time here, we were brought together by much more than football. We were brought together by a shared love for learning, for culture and for language. 

We could not have wished for a more perfect first edition of our Paris program. It’ll be hard to top this one next year. See you in Seville!

Our First Program in Europe!

As America celebrated its independence on July 4th, our team flew to France. 

Over our first weekend in France, we met our local team, watched the World Cup (our Brazilian intern is still grieving over her country’s devastating defeat), and visited Paris to soak up the sights. Our new home, a renovated chateau in the countryside outside of Paris that now functions as a boarding school, is like something out of an 18th Century novel: rolling green hills lush with vineyards surround the estate for kilometers; the Marne River runs alongside the train tracks in a nearby village; the sun shines from 6 o’clock in the morning until 11 o’clock at night, every day an endless European summer. 

We kicked off our program Sunday morning with the biggest international team we’ve ever had. Fourteen filmmakers, educators, and travelers from America, India, Brazil, and Tunisia join us this week as we host our Paris session for the very first time. During this week, we will do something we have never done before: we’ll be conducting two different programs at the very same time. And we’ll be teaching not only English, but French as well. 

It begs the question, to whom are we teaching French–in France?

This time around, we’re working not only with local students but also students from around the world, including Ireland, Russia, Turkey, and Spain. Half of our team will teach the locals English while the other half challenges the internationals in French. 

The exciting developments of this program demonstrate how much our organization is growing. We’re expanding our work into new countries, teaching new languages and growing our repertoire in film and education. This will be the first time Lights, Camera, Learn sets up production in France, but we already believe it won’t be the last.