The G Word: A New Film Project About What It’s Like to Be Gifted
A Conversation with Marc Smolowitz
Marc Smolowitz is an award-winning film maker with over 50 successful films in his portfolio. His new project is called The G Word, which discusses the economic, cultural, and gender diversity of our nation’s gifted and talented population. Marc’s film highlights the educational challenges, as well as the social isolation and emotional sensitivities these children sometimes face. The project reveals a robust community of families and educators who are working hard to meet the needs of gifted children. The director highlights a very special school for profoundly gifted students who are twice exceptional – a must watch for every educator – so inspiring! Throughout his work, misconceptions of giftedness emerge, as well as the tremendous possibilities (and challenges) for this very special group of kids.
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Here are several tremendous short videos that you may use with your schools at the links below. The two mentioned in the podcast:
• “Exceptional Minds” (Vimeo) This is an inspired look at a school for twice exceptional students called Big Minds.
• “Who Gets to Be Gifted and Why?” (Vimeo) An interview with Van Jones of CNN in which he shares how many super smart people are incarcerated.
• All of Marc’s Videos