Friday, September 24, 2010

Waiting For Superman Preview/Synopsis

Waiting For Superman October 8 ( September 24-limited )

For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians? promises, our buckling public education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Oscar winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud) reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of Waiting For Superman. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying drop out factories and academic sinkholes, methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have?in reshaping the culture refused to leave their students behind.

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking.

Oscar chances ? Very good. So far this is my 2nd favorite doc of the year ( The Tillman Story being the first ) I have seen all year in a year of many impressive films in that category.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !