Students Create Films about Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms

On October 15, 2014, students, parents, and friends gathered at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park to watch four short films, which were shot, edited, and produced by Legacy High School students. The 11th and 12th graders, students at the Roosevelt Island-based special education school, developed the documentary-style films during a five-week residency this summer.


Twenty-four student filmmakers examined national and international events that led to and were influenced by President Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms speech, while connecting his vision to current events and personal experiences. Investigation and interpretation of primary sources deepened students’ understanding of the Four Freedoms then and now. Students worked in groups to discuss and explore one of the Freedoms and gained hands-on experience producing, filming, and editing. (Film skills and production taught by MyBlock Education.)

Student films will be available online in the coming months – check back soon!

Additionally, NY1 visited the Park and met with the students to discuss their projects. Check out footage from their visit:

Courtesy NY1

Read the Wall Street Journal article about the residency here.