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The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie

The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie

The Ducks & Us Songbook is a mini-movie that incorporates environmental and social-emotional learning—as well as reading and emotion literacy—through the art forms of music, lyrical story-telling, 2D illustration, animation and video.

A diverse artists' collaboration, The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie adds a visual element to The Ducks & Us song thanks to Art Institute of Seattle interns. Contact ELA for cultural or environmental program application info.

The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie is included in our arts-based communication skill-building program.

The Story
Pamela expanded the The Ducks & Us song by creating an internship program for Art Institute of Seattle seniors and, within one semester, the collaboration rendered an animated version called The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie (approximately 6:46). After enlisting support from a prominent facility in Los Angeles to donate the film's conversion from digital to 35mm and to supply prints, Pamela coordinated a Washington state tour involving sixteen cinema houses, screening the film as a pre-feature. The film went on to be an official selection at the 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Film Festival in Vancouver, B.C. and is playing, in perpetuity, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The film is also available through both the UCLA and The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences film archives. The project has reached over 60,000 people through the film's exposure as well as print interviews in local newspapers. The tour was funded, in part, by a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

See the blog for more details.

Video streaming access granted after purchase (6:46 minutes) with 8-page study guide. Please allow 48 hours for fulfullment.


View the trailer!

Where The Ducks & Us Songbook Movie has played:

Anacortes Cinemas
Bainbridge Cinemas
California Academy of Sciences
Columbia City Cinema, Seattle
The Historic Admiral Theater
Northwest Film Forum's 5th Annual Seattle Bike-In Event
Oak Harbor Cinemas
Ocean Shores Cinemas
Olympic Cinemas
The Neptune Theater, Long Beach, Washington
The 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Film Festival
Shelton Cinemas, Shelton, Washington
Skyline Drive-In, Shelton, Washington
Stanwood Cinemas
Vashon Theatre special Audubon event

Art Institute of Seattle interns:
Catherine McConnell, Reese Kindle,
Haley Karnes, Nikki Nopens

Ducks & Us AIS interns

Heidi Narte

Senior Gardener, Seattle Parks and Recreation

The Ducks and Us learning tool connects the arts, youth, and ecology in an innovative and exciting way to bring an important would be great if this awesome song became a ‘standard’ song kids grow up singing.