October 9, 2012
Hometown-Pasadena.com: “GO PUBLIC” Kickstarter
…the [GO PUBLIC short] films have now been seen 14,200 times in 55 countries. The process of cutting the theatrical-length documentary has begun, and this has instigated a Kickstarter campaign to help fund post-production, marketing, and distribution.
The documentarians who sent 50 camera crews to Pasadena Unified School District in one day are in the midst of a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund their feature-length film.
GO PUBLIC Project co-producer Dawn O’Keeffe tells us that they’ve also launched a Kickstarter funding campaign, hoping to raise $25,000 by Oct. 18 to complete the full two hour feature version. Minimum pledge is $1, and every little bit helps.
Think you know what it’s like to learn and work in a public school in the United States? Spend a little time watching Go Public, a film project that followed students, parents, volunteers, teachers, and school district staff in a suburban Los Angeles school district for one day last spring, and you’ll see public education with fresh eyes.
September 16, 2012
FilmCourage.com: A Day in the Life of Public Education: GO PUBLIC
They all have a job to do and that is to educate the next generation. The same job that all those that work in public education, teaching 90% of the children in this country. Everyone who thinks they know about public education by presenting a few bad apples, needs to spend a day at their public school before judgement. It certainly realigned my opinion. GO PUBLIC.
With all the media chatter about test scores, merit pay, failing schools, and teacher quality, it’s sometimes easy for those outside the school system to forget that it’s people — just everyday people with a calling for education — who make up that system. Enter the GO PUBLIC Project…
I tried to make sure not every clip was one that made me cry, but the truth is, getting such a close-up look at the passion and the beauty of the people who form the heart of public schools, and hearing their voices, is incredibly moving.
August 27, 2012
Hometown-Pasadena.com: Going Public With PUSD
For one day, they followed students, teachers, a custodian, a school board member, parents, a security guard, art instructors, the superintendent, a school psychologist, a band teacher, a coach, and community volunteers. As a result, they have 50 individual stories to tell.
Fifty slices of life within Pasadena Unified School District made their public debut Wednesday night, with the online launch of a documentary film project.
The GO PUBLIC project chronicles one day – May 8 – at all 28 school district campuses, following 50 students, teachers, administrators, volunteers and others.
The Pasadena public schools are the subject of 50 short videos released Wednesday, each chronicling a day in the life of a student or Pasadena Unified School District employee. The four-minute films were compiled from more than 350 hours of raw footage shot by 40 professional and 10 student crews at various schools on May 8.
“GO PUBLIC,” the project to record a day in the life of the Pasadena Unified School District, went live Wednesday night when 50 short films became available to watch online at the website.
On May 8 of this year, 50 film crews — everyone from experienced filmmakers to students — spread out to all the schools in PUSD to record a day in the life of their subjects. The subjects of the minidocumentaries included students, teachers, administrators, school psychologists, and many more examples of the people who make public education tick.
The contrast of promise and hardship at public schools is a point Dawn O’Keeffe, a former television news producer, hopes the film will illuminate.
“There is a great deal to celebrate about our public schools, but people need to be educated about the challenges they face. In our district, $30 million has been cut from the schools in the past five years,” she said.
“GO PUBLIC” is a project to tell 50 stories about a day in the life of the Pasadena Unified School District. We found out what that looked like up close.
The film crews themselves included Muir and Blair high school students, and a sixth-grade director from Marshall Fundamental School.
“This is really going to be positive for the school district,” said Brian Niles, 11, who is already an accomplished self-taught filmmaker since he was 7. “This is really going to be an honest documentary on what happens in a day.”
According to the PEN release, “This project is important now because too much focus has been placed on what is broken in public school education. There is room for improvement, but we also want to capture the good things that go on every day in our public schools, the teamwork it takes and the textured richness for those involved. By telling the stories of individuals that work and participate in the schools, we will encourage viewers to become informed and compassionate advocates for their community public schools.”