The School Project; Then and Now — Chicago’s Schools; Worst in the Nation?
The School Project series creators are five different Chicago-based production companies: Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and freelance producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Outreach partners include WTTW/Channel 11, CAN TV (27), Storycorps, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, Ebony.com. We released a statement via Filmmaker Magazine on how we made the collaboration work, through “interdependence rather than hyperindividualism, reciprocity rather than dominance, and cooperation rather than hierarchy.”
Chicago School Reform: Then & Now” will feature a panel moderated by veteran news journalist Carol Marin following the premiere of the documentary’s first segment, “Chicago Schools: The Worst In The Nation?”, produced by Siskel/Jacobs Productions. The moderated panel will engage in a conversation about the city of Chicago’s reform efforts from the mid-1980s through today.
The interactive website, www.schoolprojectfilm.com, will allow visitors to watch the documentary and see how it maps to the Chicago Public Schools system. Users can explore news media and content related to individual schools, data trends and demographics, and share their stories and opinions about public school education.
Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #TheSchoolProject.