On the Loudspeaker with Mayor Villaraigosa
To complement the TEACHED short film series, we’ve been working on a series of one-on-one interviews with leaders who are transcending traditional education politics and making changes that benefit students. We’re happy to bring you our first such interview, with Los Angeles Mayor (and Democratic National Convention Chairman) Antonio Villaraigosa. Special thanks to Emmy-nominated filmmaker Justin Shipley for helping us with the look of this beautiful video:
New York City?!?
Yes friends, New York City is about to get TEACHED! All three short films of TEACHED Vol. I will screen at both the Harlem International and the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) Film Festivals on Sept. 21st and 22nd respectively. Details and links here. We are so honored to be featured in these great festivals. If you’re in New York, please join Producer / Director Kelly Amis there.
Our Biggest Audience Yet
We had a ball participating in the Friendship Schools Annual Convocation last month: some 1,200 teachers and staff starting their school year with camaraderie, joy and a shared passion for serving kids. This is what teaching should be: inspired.
We screened the TEACHED short film The Path to Prison and Kelly moderated a panel discussion on education reform featuring Friendship Founder & CEO Donald Hense, Black Alliance for Educational Options Founder Howard Fuller, New Schools Venture Fund partner Deborah McGriff, and Friendship Board Vice-Chair Gregory Prince.
One of our new interns, high school student Joshua, enjoyed a front row seat at the event. Read his and Kelly’s recaps of the event on the Loudspeaker blog here. See more photos here.
Meet the 2012 TEACHED Interns
Speaking of interns, we have an AMAZING group of high school students working with us this year. These kids will help with all facets of the TEACHED project and eventually produce a short film of their own. Two are from California, one from Nebraska (go Huskers!) and one from Maryland. Meet them below.
Georgia is a senior at St. Helena High School in California. She just returned from a year abroad in Bern, Switzerland where she studied German. She has attended the local public school since kindergarten and believes education “is the basis of a functioning society.”
Vanessa is a senior at Napa High School in California and hopes to attend San Francisco State next year. She loves art and works at a pottery painting studio. Her dream job is to be a film director who also paints on the side. She loves being in nature and hopes to visit and document all of the national parks someday.
Keenan is from North Platte, Nebraska. He is currently a sophomore at Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. He loves sports (especially football, which he hopes to play in college) and music.
Joshua lives in Baltimore, Maryland and is a junior at Calvert Hall College Preparatory. He enjoys writing songs, photography and running. Joshua recently attended an engineering program at Berkeley and as a result is joining the robotics club this year. In the future he hopes to be either a mechanical engineer or an artist.
TEACHED Films = Tools for Change
What can YOU do to promote education equality in your community, city or state? Organize your own screening of TEACHED Vol. I to bring people together to discuss the issues and learn about current reform efforts. We will help you select guest speakers and plan an impactful event. Information here.
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