Classes Taught

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The following is a list of classes taught at the ACFPL Film Society.

  • Meet & Greet
  • History Of Film: 1890's - 1940's
  • History Of Film: 1950's - Present
  • Filmmaking Job Responsibilities
  • How Films Are Made
  • Film Language & Structure
  • Classic Hollywood Cinema
  • Director Ernst Lubitsch
  • Film Set Jargon
  • Special Effects Basics
  • Film Sequels
  • Neorealist Cinema
  • Hollywood Musicals
  • Director Billy Wilder
  • Anti-War Films
  • Cinema's Influence On Society
  • Screenplay: Format
  • Screenplay: Structure
  • Screenplay: Story Analysis
  • Screenplay: Page-By-Page Analysis
  • Film Restoration
  • Shot-By-Shot Analysis
  • Production Design
  • Actor Spencer Tracy
  • Visual Style: Static
  • Visual Style: Movement
  • Film Noir
  • Actor Gene Kelly
  • DVD Transfers
  • Documentary Films
  • Actor Audie Murphy
  • The Academy Awards

  • Actor Steve McQueen
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Film Editing
  • Director John Ford
  • Film Theme Songs
  • Actor William Powell
  • Hollywood Blacklist
  • Actor Bruce Lee
  • Costume Design
  • Film Stardom
  • Sports Films
  • Biopics
  • Film Research
  • Page-To-Screen: Fiction
  • Blockbuster Films
  • Posthumous Performances
  • Film Dialogue
  • Actor Cary Grant
  • Film Criticism
  • Martial Arts Films
  • Film Publicity
  • National Film Registry
  • Plot Twists
  • Actor Jack Lemmon
  • Page-To-Screen: Comics
  • Soviet Cinema
  • Disaster Films
  • Director Sidney Lumet
  • Page-To-Screen: Stage Play
  • Storyboards
  • Page-To-Screen: Print Articles

  • Page-To-Screen: Short Story
  • Film Scores
  • Actor William Holden
  • Directors' Cuts
  • Film Iconography
  • Phenomenon Of "Gone With The Wind"
  • French New Wave
  • Tearjerkers
  • Gangster Films
  • James Bond Films
  • First Features
  • Slasher Films
  • Voice-Over Narration
  • Actor/Director Charles Chaplin
  • Film Remakes
  • Chase Scenes
  • Theme, Story & Plot
  • Director Stanley Kubrick
  • Actor Gregory Peck
  • Character Entrances
  • Opening Scenes
  • Closing Scenes
  • Film Soundtrack Albums
  • Death Scenes
  • Title Sequences
  • End Credits & After Credits
  • Garden State Film Festival
  • Breakthrough Performances
  • Director Howard Hawks
  • Film Franchises
  • Director Frank Capra

The Film Society seventh anniversary party and AC Press Story

The Atlantic City Film Society celebrates its seventh anniversary

The Film Society celebrated its 7th anniversary on July 15, 2013. The Press of Atlantic City covered the event and wrote an article<

"Since 2006, the group has met one Saturday afternoon a month to view and discuss a film, reconvening the following Monday for a classroom lesson on the film taught by group coordinator and Senior Library Assistant Theresa Hawkins, who founded the Film Society. The group will watch "Monsieur Verdoux," a lesser-known Charlie Chaplin film, at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 and will discuss it at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12.
The Film Society celebrated its seventh anniversary with a party July 15, with about 15 members of the group turning out for snacks, trivia and the chance to reminisce about the films they've watched together over the years. Many of those attending were, like Johnson, founding members, and they said one thing has kept them coming back, month after month - Hawkinpress article screenshot


Click here to read the full story about the event.


FIlm Society Guidelines and Membership Form

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 If you have a passion for discussing and learning about films, we invite you to join the Atlantic City Free Public Library Film Society.  Membership is free and open to current Library cardholders in good standing, who are 18 years of age and older.  Monthly screenings and discussions will be held on Saturday afternoons, and monthly tutorial classes on filmmaking and film history will be held on Monday evenings.

Since films of all genres and ratings will be shown, the Film Society is open to adults only and member discretion is advised. Each film's rating and running time will be posted prior to the screening on the Library website, flyers and other advertising. Snacks will be provided at screenings, and learning materials will be provided at tutorials. Information about the Film Society and each meeting will be provided on the Library's Official Website on the Film Society page.

Our Guidelines:

  • Membership in the Film Society is encouraged. To attend a meeting, you must be signed up prior to that day.
  • Only current Film Society members can reserve seating to all meetings including special events.
  • Attendees should arrive promptly for meetings.
  • Use of cameras and video/audio recording devices is strictly prohibited.
  • All cell phones and pagers must be turned off during meetings.
  • Attendees are expected to be respectful of others during meetings.
  • Due to limited seating, advanced registration is required for all meetings in which there is a special guest.
  • Autographs and other requests for special guests will not be honored unless the guest has given permission prior to the meeting.
  • All program topics and screenings are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Attendees are expected to comply with all rules and guidelines of the Film Society and the policies of the Atlantic City Free Public Library.

If you would like to become a member of the Film Society, you may fill out the electronic membership form below or come into the Main Library and register there.

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Boardwalk Empire's Ed McGinty visits with Film Society

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library hosted special guest Ed McGinty for its Saturday, Oct. 2 2012 meeting at the Main Library.
McGinty is a historical consultant for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and he plays Ward Boss Boyd on the series. He discussed his work on the series, answered questions and signed autographs for those in attendance.

McGinty also appeared in Atlantic City: The Original Sin City, a promotional documentary for Boardwalk Empire that also includes an interview with library archivist Heather Halpin Perez.Adult Atlantic City Free Public Library members (18 years of age and older) in good standing are invited to join the Film Society.
Library and Film Society applications are available at and the Main Library Circulation Desk.
PHOTO: Ed McGinty, center, is an Atlantic City native.


Publicist speaks to Film Society on fifth anniversary

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The Atlantic City Free Public Library Film Society celebrated its fifth anniversary this month with the help of a special guest.
Entertainment publicist Gary Springer (wearing green shirt in photo) paid a visit to the Main Library to speak to the Film Society on July 9. Springer heads New York City-based Springer Associates PR, a company founded by his late father, legendary Hollywood publicist John Springer.
Springer discussed his personal life, including childhood encounters with Hollywood icons – such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor – who his father represented, his acting career and work as a publicist. His resume includes representing/advising clients and working on an extensive list of projects in theatre, film and television.
“It was an honor to have Gary speak to our group,” Film Society coordinator Theresa Hawkins said. “We have been friends for many years, so he felt free to provide us with unforgettable tales about his relationships with some of the greatest stars of all time. Some of the Film Society members said it was the best library presentation they had ever attended.”
The Film Society meets twice every month. The first meeting of the month is to watch a movie and discuss it. The second meeting is a classroom session which focuses on a particular aspect of cinema, such as screenwriting or in-depth looks at different actors and directors.
Adult Atlantic City Free Public Library members (18 years of age and older) in good standing are invited to join the Film Society. Library card and Film Society applications are available online and the Main Library Circulation Desk.
The Film Society has scheduled its August meetings:
• View “All The President’s Men” on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. – This 1976 political thriller is rated R and runs 138 minutes.
• Discuss National Film Registry on Monday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m. – This classroom session will focus on the work of the organization behind this historic list and the films that are on it.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.