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Alcohol, Drugs, and Kids

Alcohol, Drugs, and Kids

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Client: Sandler Fims, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 18 minutes

Audience: Grades 9 – 12 / Adult

Description: Four teenagers who started drinking or using other drugs at an early age share their experiences. Their dramatized flashbacks show why they started — to see what it was like, to fit in with their friends or family members, to overcome shyness. They reveal how alcohol or other drugs came to control their lives.

“ The teens are extremely articulate in discussing their problems and giving warning to viewers ... A strong point of the program is that it addresses the feelings of invincibility which young people tend to have. ”

— School Library Journal

Respecting Each Other: Sexual Harassment Prevention

Respecting Each Other: Sexual Harassment Prevention

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 12 minutes

Audience: Grades 4–8

Description: Two teenage mentors convince some younger bullies that it's not cool to harass their classmates.

  • Bronze CINDY — International Association of Audio Visual Communicators
  • Bronze Apple — National Educational Media Network
  • Honorable Mention — Columbus International Film & Video Festival

“Excellent video for children on learning to respect others and to learn about gender issues.”

— Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Dolphins, Our Friends From the Sea

Dolphins, Our Friends From the Sea

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 13 minutes

Audience: Grades K – 5

Description: What separates dolphins from fish? How do people train them? Live-action footage and animation answer these questions and more, showing dolphin training with whistles, hand signals, and rewards.

  • Golden Babe — Chicagoland Educational Film Festival

“The anatomy, physiology, and activities of the dolphin are described in a very good animated sequence. The film’s excellent narration is appropriate for elementary school children ...”

— American Association for the Advancement of Science

AIDS and Kids: The Whitney Project

AIDS and Kids: The Whitney Project

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 12 minutes

Audience: Grades 3 – Adult

Description: We searched through 14 hours of candid documentary footage to find the right scenes to tell this heartwarming story of friendship. A sixth grade class in Pecos, New Mexico gets to know a girl in Illinois with AIDS. Hosted by TV stars Joey and Matthew Lawrence.

  • Gold CINDY — International Association of Audio Visual Communicators
  • Telly — Bronze Award
  • Bronze Plaque — Columbus International Film & Video Festival

“This exceptionally well-done video helps teach young people to have compassion for people with HIV/AIDS.”

— Compassion Books

Anger: Handle With Care

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 13 minutes

Audience: Grades 1 – 8

Description: Dramatized vignettes show that, though we all get angry sometimes, how you handle your anger can make the difference between learning valuable lessons or facing unpleasant consequences.

Heat: Molecules in Motion (2nd Edition)

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 1 – 8

“Animation is used effectively to illustrate the main points ... The narrator speaks both to the audience and to the characters in the film, which works well. This film correctly and effectively presents science and is an excellent introduction to the topic of heat.”

— American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mass and Density: Investigating Matter

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 20 minutes

Audience: Grades 3 – 8

“The film uses excellent graphics and examples, in a step–by–step process to show the relationships among mass, volume and density. Problem–solving techniques are presented quite well. extremely useful in the middle-to-junior-high school science classroom.”

— American Association for the Advancement of Science

Microbes: Bacteria and Fungi

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 20 minutes

Audience: Grades 1 – 8

  • Golden Babe — Chicagoland Educational Film Festival

“ Bacteria and fungi carry on all the processes necessary for life -- they grow, get energy from food, move, and reproduce. This program looks at microbes, how they live,

and how we control them”
— American Association for the Advancement of Science

Newton's Laws of Motion: Demonstrating Mass, Force, and Momentum

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 1 – 8

  • Gold Apple — National Educational Film & Video Festival

“The actual physics is clearly stated, and the demonstrations are well chosen. Students will like the film and find it helpful in understanding Newton’s laws.”

— American Association for the Advancement of Science

Circulation of the Blood

Client: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia, Inc.

Running Time: 24 minutes

Audience: Grades 6 – 12

  • Gold Apple — National Educational Film & Video Festival

“Effective animated diagrams show how blood circulates oxygen and nutrients and removes carbon dioxide and water through a network of vessels.”

— Booklist

Soil and Water: A Living World

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 16 minutes

Audience: Grades 3 – 5

Description: Children on a nature expedition learn all about the plants and animals that live in soil and water. Through their magnifying lenses, they see earthworms, spiders, and small insects. Through microscopes, they see rotifers, amoebae, bacteria, and other microorganisms.

DUII: The Price Is Too High

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 23 minutes

Audience: Grades 9 – 12 / Adult

Description: Dramatic vignettes reveal the life-altering legal consequences of DUII — driving under the influence of intoxicants. Three stories typify the experiences of first–time young offenders. None were involved in a collision and they weren't driving recklessly for kicks. But they were intoxicated — and dangerous behind the wheel.

“Approaches one of the nation’s most serious problems from a unique direction — the pocketbook ... This well–paced film addresses important issues in an interesting, informative manner.”

— School Library Journal

“Responsible suggestions for drinkers to follow round out this program, well–suited to both illegal and legal drivers tempted to drink and drive.”

— Booklist, American Library Association

Drugs, Alcohol, and Your Body

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 14 minutes

Audience: Grades 1 – 5

Description: Animation and live action show why it's so important to avoid alcohol and other drugs.

  • MARKIE, Second Place — National Foundation for Alcoholism and Addiction Communication

Driving Under the Influence: It Could Never Happen To Me

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 25 minutes

Audience: Grades 9 – 12 / Adult

Description: A powerful dramatic story depicts the devastating consequences — physical, psychological, moral, and legal — of a drunk driving accident. The lives of a group teenage friends change tragically and forever when one of them decides to drive drunk and none of his friends stop him. Death, disability, guilt, and lawsuits become their everyday reality, the dire consequences of their actions.

  • First Place — The National Safety Council's Media Awards

Peer Intervention: Drug Abuse

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 6 – 12 / Adult

Description: Many young people who have chosen not to use alcohol or other drugs still have friends who do. Designed as support for Health and Life Skills education, this video offers reasonable intervention options, but cautions young people to know their limits.

  • Honorable Mention — National Council on Family Relations

Decisions! Decisions!

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 6

Description: A college student working at an ice cream parlor shares a five-step decision making process with her young customers.

Exercise and Rest

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades K – 6

Description: A physical fitness buff stresses the importance of exercise and rest for physical development and good health. He shows that both can be creative and fun.

A First Look at Horses

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 12 minutes

Audience: Grades K – 3

Description: Visually beautiful program presents a concise overview of the horse: its history, remarkable qualities, how it lives, and its enormous impact on human history.

World of Insects Series

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Lucerne Media

Audience: Grades K - 8

Description: Dramatic close–up footage illustrates basic facts about insects and their world.

The World of Insects: The Cycle of Life

Running Time: 20 minutes

The World of Insects: Defense Against Enemies

Running Time: 12 minutes

The World of Insects: Body Structure and Function

Running Time: 16 minutes

AIMS Multimedia History of the United States of America Series

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Audience: Grades 6 - 12

Forming a New Nation (1760-1800)

Running Time: 21 minutes

Westward Migration (1800-1860)

Running Time: 21 minutes

The Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1900)

Running Time: 20 minutes

World War One and the Great Depression (1900-1939)

Running Time: 18 minutes

World War Two and the Cold War (1939-1969)

Running Time: 25 minutes

The Cold War Thaws (1970-1993)

Running Time: 25 minutes

Bees and How They Live

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 15 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 12

Description: Fascinating look into the lives and hives of bees.

African Apes and How They Live

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 6

Description: Documentary brings viewers face to face with the primates of Africa’s dense tropical rain forests, including mountain gorillas and the mysterious pygmy chimpanzees.

Animals of the North Pacific

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 18 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 12

Description: Steller’s sea eagles, jellyfish, scallops, and beaked whales make up part of the cast of arctic creatures explored in this documentary.

Animals of the African Plains

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 8

Description: In spite of its dry, desert-like appearance, some of the world's rarest and most spectacular animals live here.

Grasshoppers and How They Live

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 6

Description: Close-up photography takes the viewer into the life cycle of the grasshopper.

Beetles and How They Live

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 17 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 8

Description: A beetle-catching expedition collects whirligig beetles, diving beetles, ladybugs, and others for close-up observation.

Ecosystem of a Pond

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 18 minutes

Audience: Grades 4 – 8

Description: The tranquil surface of a pond belies the busy ecosystem living within.

All About Birds

Client: AIMS Multimedia

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 20 minutes

Audience: Grades K – 3

Description: Birds live everywhere. Their feathers and other physical characteristics are examined in fascinating detail.

Peer Pressure: Learning to be Yourself

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 23 minutes

Audience: Grades 6 – 12

Description: Fifteen-year-old Jody Edwards sees just how much she has let peer pressure rule her life.

Peer Pressure: Nobody Tells Me What To Do

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: Barr Films

Running Time: 23 minutes

Audience: Grades 6 – 12

Description: Gary, a varsity baseball and saxophone player, chooses between his positive life pursuits and bowing to pressure to take part in theft, vandalism, and shoplifting for kicks.

Causes and Effects of Abuse

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 20 minutes

Audience: Grades 9 – 12

Description: Martin Kove gives his students an "inner karate" lesson about the consequences of their decisions about drugs and alcohol. Dramatized vignettes illustrate their talking points.

Making the Right Decision

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 18 minutes

Audience: Grades 6 – 8

Description: Martin Kove and a group of junior high school students discuss the importance of making informed life decisions. Dramatized vignettes illustrate their talking points.

Think Before You Act

Client: Sandler Films, Inc.

Distributor: AIMS Multimedia

Running Time: 16 minutes

Audience: Grades 3 – 5

Description: Martin Kove and a sixth grade class talk about decisions, how we make them, and how they affect our lives. Dramatized vignettes illustrate their talking points.