JT and I live in Los Angeles where we homeschool our three children( who are elementary & preschool age). We enjoy the adventure of homeschool and love being able to connect with our kid’s hearts at this precious time. We also lead the Growing Families group at Bel Air Presbyterian church. Professionaly, we both have worked in various aspects of the entertainment industry over the years, and think of ourselves primarily as musicians and songwriters. I have worked in the music industry as a A&R music publisher and was a staff songwriter for Disney where I wrote and performed songs for film and tv. I am currently enjoying the creative process of homeschooling and find that I am learning alongside my children and like being able to design and protect their childhood…and not miss a thing!
JT is currently a freelance audio mixer for film & television. Every day is different and he can be found behind the scenes on shows like Glee, America’s Next Top Model, Survivor, doing ‘behind the scenes’ for Avatar, or on the red carpet for premieres. The highlight was mic’ing up Bono for a 1 and a half hour interview and being a part of the crew to film the final rehersal for their last tour. On the songwriting front, we have both been working together on a long term project of putting entire books of the bible to music.
We are excited about Homeschool Movie Club because, while we are very deliberate about the media we bring in our home, we also enjoy quality movies and love to use them for educational purposes. We think movies can be great tools to punctuate a particular lesson you are teaching or create an opportunity for discussion. We hope to help give homeschoolers the tools they need to decide if a movie is something they want to watch, provide all the tools and free curriculum available to help maximize teachable moments, and have some fun with ‘homeschool days’, giveaways, and screenings. Many of our friends work in the industry and we are excited to be able to share opportunites with our ‘HMC’ friends that we have enjoyed…like being able to let you know about special screenings or maybe glimpses into the behind the scenes world. Ultimately we hope to create a fun community of homeschoolers who enjoy quality movies and help each other find new and old movies !
Nathan J Clarkson (HMC Writer & Reviewer)
Nathan Clarkson grew up in a family that values the creative arts, and the power of story-telling. His parents Clay and Sally Clarkson are popular homeschool authors and speakers who have created Whole Heart Ministries. Nathan was a homeschooler until high school. After graduation, he decided to pursue his dream of writing and theater arts. Nathan won awards and recognition in a National Arts competition, and was offered a scholarship to New York Film Academy (NYFA) in New York City where he completed the Acting for Film program.
Nathan currently lives in Los Angeles. You might spot him on one of your favorite television shows – he’s often the “extra” trying to blend in with the background. In addition to his acting talent, he loves writing and composing music. He is currently working on an album of original music. Nathan loves to watch and review films. Because of his homeschooling background he loves inspirational family movies, and he’s excited to be contributing reviews and features to HMC.