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Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend with the student.  Please note that adults without a student will not be permitted to attend to ensure the integrity and mission of the program.

This program is FREE to attend.

The funds to launch this program were granted through a 2021 Coronado Community Grant  

FEBRUARY 26th  Introduction to Classic Film: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Romantic Comedy

The Shop Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner Classic Film Baseline.
(Ernst Lubitsch 1940) starring Jimmy Stewart and
Margaret Sullivan. A woman “talks herself into a
job.” She and a co-worker develop an intense dislike
of each other. Unknown to both, they know each
other far better than they think. This classic has been
“Recycled” twice, in the 1949 Judy Garland/Van
Johnson musical “In the Good Old Summertime” and
in Nora Ephron’s 1998 “You’ve Got Mail,” neither of
which compare with the Lubitsch’s original.

CIFF’s Coronado Classic Film Study Program is open to any upper middle and high school students attending public schools, charter or parochial schools, and homeschoolers. We welcome all students to attend and join post-screening moderated discussion.  This launch of the program was made possible with seed funding from the City of Coronado Community grant. 

Two purposes will guide the program:

1) To develop in young people the discernment necessary to understand dramatic film narratives. Because movies employ so many senses, classic films are among the most powerful genres of visual storytelling.  The program will introduce young people classic movies, made by recognized masters of the film medium. 

2) to challenge young people to analyze dramatic film narratives and hone critical thinking skills. Every dramatic narrative is, in its essence, a story of redemption. Great stories incorporate an introduction, a protagonist, an antagonist, and some form of conflict. Great stories conclude when these conflicts are resolved. This general narrative model is followed, in various forms, in nearly every classic film made during Hollywood’s Golden Age.  


A special program will be made available for Homeschoolers or independent study to document program completion as a drama and/or film appreciation elective. 

The discussion guides are drawn from Dr. Onalee McGraw, founder of the Educational Guidance Institute (EGI) and a former educator. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies, and her Classic Film study guides have been used successfully with audiences of young people around the nation from widely diverse demographic backgrounds and cultural experiences.  If you would like more information on bringing a group or class and utilize the guided curriculum please contact Jon Mosier for more information: .

ABOUT JON MOSIER Director of the Classic Student Program. 

Mosier was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Naval Aviator who served in Patrol Aviation, he was first ordered to Coronado in 1996 for service on the Naval Air Forces Staff. When he and wife Sylvia settled in here, they loved Coronado so much they never left.  Jon served in a variety of San Diego based commands until his retirement from active duty in 2008. He then accepted a civilian position as Naval Air Forces Aviation Security Specialist, responsible for manning, training and equipping all Naval Aviation security forces. Since retiring from Civil Service in 2020, Jon has devoted his life to community service. He currently serves as a Vice President of the San Diego Host Lions Club. Jon and Sylvia have two daughters they’ve raised in Coronado; their eldest, Ellie graduated a 2020 Coronado High School (CHS), and currently a sophomore at UC Davis. Their younger daughter, Natalie is now a Junior at CHS.  Jon’s son, Cary graduated from Coronado in 2002 and is a successful Vegan Restauranteur and COO for Love, Serve and Remember Restaurant Group. They operate Cafe Gratitude restaurants in LA, Orange Country and Little Italy, San Diego and Gracias Madre in Newport Beach and West Hollywood (a celeb favorite!)

Jon is a long-time devotee of Classic Hollywood films. He designed the Student Classic Film Program as his fellowship Capstone Project. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Onalee McGraw at the Educational Guidance Institute. “The Student Classic Film Program has been purposefully devised to engage the hearts and minds of young people, enrich their cultural lives and strengthen their awareness of the importance of community, “ says Mosier.

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