Films for the Future

For the first time ever, Films for the Future will be a three film series shown throughout the 2020-2021 school year.


Films for the Future:
Raising the Curtain on Mental Health

Thank you for joining us on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check back for details about future Films for the Future events.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event please contact us at

Thank you to those who joined us on Tuesday, May 25 for Films for the Future: Raising the Curtain on Mental Health. The short documentary, Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone tugged on our heartstrings while showing us how resilient youth can be when they seek help and identify healthy coping mechanisms.

We learned so much from our mental health panelists including suicide warning signs, triggers and how to talk to your child about suicide and self harm. A big thank you to:

  • David Garcia, MSW
  • Juanita Hurtado, junior, Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Ellen Kelty, NCSP
  • Jane Lineman, PhD, DCSP
  • Juanita Romero, MSW, LCSW

In case you missed any part of the presentation, you can watch the full recording here or just the training and panel discussion here.

If this event motivated you to help ensure every child succeeds, consider making an impact by donating to DPS Foundation so we can continue supporting our students and bringing attention to important issues like mental health.

We know that the learning and conversations must continue. If you need help starting a conversation on mental health with your child read, Talking to Adolescents and Teens: Starting the Conversation, to review tips and learn what to do if you need support.

Additional Mental Health Resources:
  • For 24/7 support call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255. They can provide a consultation, help with assessment and more.
  • For specific questions on services for your student please reach out to your child’s school-based mental health provider.
  • If you have questions that went unanswered during the presentation please reach out to Ellen Kelty, DPS Director of Student Equity and Opportunity at
  • Further resources can be found in the Watch & Reflect Guide here.

About the Film

Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone is a documentary following four young Wisconsinites navigating mental health challenges. They’ve endured assault, bullying, incarceration, and discrimination. Some thought about suicide. But through the pain, they found support from family, friends, and strangers. They found strength within themselves. They’re sharing their stories to let others know they’re not alone and that healing is possible.

Films for the Future, initially launched in 2018, is a DPS Foundation fundraising event that seeks to educate the community. It creates a space where we can shine light on relevant topics related to education while we strive to learn and grow together alongside topic experts so we can better understand and support today’s issues. 

Thank you, Sponsors

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On February 18 our community gathered after watching, Without A Net: The Digital Divide In America, to watch the premiere of Connecting in a Digital World, a DPS Foundation short documentary. We then heard from a panel of experts about digital connection in DPS and across the U.S. We then had a Q&A session with our panel.

Thank you to all who joined and entered this learning journey with us to see the importance of equitable technology education in America’s public schools. For those unable to join, you can still watch the feature film and short documentary (to the right). As you go through the films you can use our Watch & Reflect Guide to help support your learning. 

Thank you to our panel!

D Shoots, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Colorado Trust
D is a lifelong Coloradan who attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She comes to The Trust with a finance background across nonprofit, government and corporate industries. D speaks across the country about leadership and her journey as a teen mom to financial executive. In her spare time D volunteers for a number of community boards, has a lot of dance parties with her two kids and goes to as many yoga classes as possible.

Jonathon Best, Computational Thinking & Design Teacher, The CUBE High School , Denver Public Schools
As the CUBE School’s computer science teacher, Jonathon inspires STEM learning by educating students in algorithmic learning, building, tinkering, and coding design. Jonathon began at Standley Lake High School and went on to teach engineering and computer science at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy. While there, Jonathon built the school network’s first makerspace and permanent computer lab. He is committed to helping students prepare for a future where human and computer interaction will only become more frequent and complex. He wants students to print impossible shapes out of a 3D printer, to make robots for their convenience, and to sew and outfit equipped with wearable technology.

Dr. Violeta García, Founder/Principal Consultant, STEM Learning by Design
Dr. Violeta García’s mission is to advocate for the advancement of students who have historically been marginalized and re-engage them through experiential educational opportunities. Dr. García’s consulting business, STEM Learning by Design works with nonprofits, schools, and school districts to develop tools and resources to inspire and prepare learners of all ages to pursue careers in STEM through a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) lens. Dr. García is a native of El Salvador and currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her two children and her partner.

Dave Landy, Chief Information Officer, Denver Public Schools
Dave is an Information Technology executive with an extensive track record of driving critical transformation initiatives. He has been with DPS for the past three years as the Chief Information Officer where he is responsible for managing the Department of Technology Services. There, Dave works to ensure all students and educators have the resources and tools they need to succeed in remote and in-person learning including providing home internet for our city’s most vulnerable students. He is the former Chief Information Officer for Janus Capital and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Matthew Weinberg, Principal, Max Ventures
Matt was a former White House appointee in the Obama administration where he helped drive $6 billion in federal funding to early-stage technology startups. Prior, he was at the NYC Economic Development Corporation and managed city-wide funding programs that developed and supported the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Matt is a frequent public speaker and an op-ed contributor on Forbes, TechCrunch, and several other publications. He is a proud alum of the University of Washington and Columbia Business School.


Thank you for joining us for our first film

Thank you to all who joined us for our virtual Films for the Future event! We are grateful to all who joined in the conversations and to those who leaned in so we could grow together.

November 17 & 18, DPS Foundation brought community members together virtually to shine light on racism through our third annual Films for the Future event. The event started with an at-home screening of the Point Made Learning documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? which highlights a diverse group of teens through a year-long exploration to get at the heart of racism, with an intentional focus on equity and what it means to be anti-racist.

Catherine Wigginton Greene, DPS alum from George Washington High School Class of 1995 and filmmaker talked about her own experiences as a DPS student and what has—and also hasn’t– changed since she graduated more than 20 years ago.

“I was seeing things around the school, a framework, that no one ever gave us a chance to talk about. We parked our cars in different lots, everything from where we ate, who we spent time with…my world was still quite white. When I went back and showed the film for the first time in Denver at George Washington, the kids were talking about the same exact things that were going on when I was there. One thing I noticed is the kids are ready to talk about it now. It was a really passionate discussion and heartening that DPS was having these conversations.”

We heard from former student and panelist, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, who is biracial, about how growing up she always felt uncomfortable talking about race. Abigail joined the event for a behind the scenes discussion to provide additional insight to the film and its impact:

“These are conversations that every single human being has to have if we want to reach racial justice and equality in our lives. It’s going to be hard but everyone’s going to come out in a better place. Racial justice is so important and it’s events like this that will start to get us there. These are the kind of conversations that are going to fight white supremacy.”

The DPS Foundation is committed to hosting conversations and taking action to address systemic oppression and racism in the community. This film aims to inspire everyone to interrupt racism in their own lives.

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