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Michael Van Laanen

Our Rock Project
Founder & CEO
Boca Raton, FL
After graduating from Montana State University - Bozeman with an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, I designed and built the Our Rock Project. This 501.c.3 non-profit combines STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering , Math) with the Art of Documentary Filmmaking. Student teams choose a STEM topic, research that subject, find a local professional working in that field, interview them, then write, direct and edit their own short 4-10 minute film. Once the students have completed their film projects, they are able to share their work with other students in classrooms around the world in our video library. The Our Rock Project is free to participate in and our Archive is alway free to visit and watch the student films.