Friday, November 15th, 7:30pm Continuing Ed (Ongoing film and speaker series to advance discussion about the future of education and education reform.) Curated by Sylvia Savadjian
The New Public Jyllian Gunther, 2012, 87 min. In 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal James O'Brien opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O'Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional and ambitious mission: Create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when untested idealism was challenged by long-standing realities far bigger than school. Over four years, this heartfelt verité film follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country's education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.
Q&A with director Jyllian Gunther, Kevin Greer (school co-founder, English Department Chair, English Teacher), Earlene Tribble, (mother of film subject, Moses), Lyntonia Coston, (Assistant Principal), and GothamSchool's Emma Sokoloff-Rubin.
Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027