You probably received an email update from me in your regular email, (if you did NOT, please let me know - email@example.com so i can add you to that email list) so I will only include in this note information that we are sharing exclusively with our supporters at this point:
DISTRIBUTION! In addition to the many great things that are happening with the film, we were just offered a distribution deal by a fantastic company with a great roster of films. They also specialize in education. In plain language, this means that someone other than myself, and a few generous folks who have been tirelessly devoted to getting the film out into the world, will take on the DVD, digital, and educational distribution of the film. We have had incredible support and interest from the education community at large, from American Federation of Teachers to Teach For America - (quite a span!) - and we are really looking forward to working with someone who will capitalize on this. This also means that we will very shortly be able to send you the DVD we promised you by the end of the year, if not sooner. Thanks for your patience. (If you were promised any reward aside from a DVD please email me and let me know if you did not receive it.)
PUBLICIST! In order to ensure the greatest impact from this convergence of events – from our PBS broadcast to distribution with Virgil Films to our NYC premiere screenings at Urban World and STF @IFC, and Maysles Cinema, and our national outreach campaign screenings – we will be working with a publicist. And not just any publicist - we are thrilled to have secured the interest of Adam J. Segal, the 2050 Group. Adam does amazing work and we are extremely lucky to have him. (check out what he's done: http://www.the2050group.com/.)
In order to cover the costs for his services (and he's working for us at an extremely generous rate) we'll be doing on last (small) kickstarter campaign in the next week or so. If you can spread the word about this, I'd be extremely grateful.
I've included below all of the info from the regular email update, just in case you did not receive it. I want to re-iterate to you all how grateful i am for your support.
I've been working on this film since 2006 and we're finally in the home stretch.
I could not have done it without you.
HERE'S THE END OF SUMMER TNP EMAIL UPDATE: (sent last week)
The New Public will be broadcast on PBS this fall! We'll let you know the exact date soon – expect to watch during American Education Week in late November. We've also got a lot more great news, including a host of upcoming screenings. We hope to see you at one of them.
TEACHING FROM EXPERIENCE OUTREACH CAMPAIGN. From now until we air on PBS, we'll be launching our Teaching From Experience national screening tour, made possible by an outreach grant from The Fledgling Fund. The tour will connect stakeholders in each community: parent organizations and local urban high school educators; high school students and teaching college students; experienced educators and good government groups. The aim is to spark discussion and promote collaboration between community members who are invested in improving our urban public education system. The goals of the tour reflect and build upon the community ethos of BCAM (the high school featured in the film) and the collaborative process used to make the film.
DISCUSSION GUIDE AND CURRICULA IN THE WORKS. We have the honor of working with Teachers College, Columbia University, to create a detailed companion curriculum for the film to be used by teaching colleges nationwide. The goal is to provide teachers-in-training with an up close look at the day-to-day challenges faced by educators. Leading this project is Anand R. Marri, Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Education. Professor Marri also co-authored the curriculum for Spike Lee's HBO documentary When the Levees Broke. We expect it to be complete in spring 2014. Also in the works are one-sheet discussion guides for educators, students and parents to help foster meaningful exploration of the issues raised in the film. In keeping with our emphasis on collaboration, the guide is being created by a a team of four educators, each of whom has experience working with a different stakeholder constituency. Leading this project is Rebecca Tatistcheff, School Designer for NYC Outward Bound Schools, in collaboration with Michael J. Dumas, Assistant Professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University; Kersha Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York; and Kevin Greer, co-founder and English Department Chair at BCAM. The discussion guide will be ready by October 2013 and will be available to anyone who screens the film.
HOST A SCREENING. Want to host a screening? You can if you live in Boulder, CO; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; or New York City, NY. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know who you are and what kind of a screening event you envision having.
OUR FALL CALENDAR. Here's a list of upcoming festival screenings and events. Many more to come between now and December.
17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, NYC. AMC Loews 34th Street Saturday, September 21, at 2 p.m. Our New York City premiere! Practically the whole cast is coming - see the film with them and meet them afterwards. Spread the word and don't miss it. Tickets go sale 9/9 online (link above) and at the AMC 34th st box office.
Stranger Than Fiction at IFC Center, NYC. 323 Avenue of the Americas Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. This screening will definitely sell out because Stranger Than Fiction is such a fantastic series, so get your tickets soon.
Reel Independent Film Extravaganza, D.C. West End Cinema Friday, October 11, at 7 p.m The New Public has been selected as the opening night film of this great festival. If you plan to be in D.C. or know anyone who will be, be sure to help us get the word out.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, ARK. October 11-20 (EXACT DATE TBD)
Maysles Cinema, NYC 343 Lenox Avenue Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m.
PBS/World Channel series, America Reframed. Broadcast premiere. We'll announce the date as soon as we have it, and post it on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 2014
Southern Circuit Film Festival April 7-17, 2014. Tours 10 cities across the South!
Please check out our new Sparkwise page to learn all the great ways the film is making an impact. Includes interesting information such as where in the world the film has screened, news about urban education, fun facts related to the film and lots more.
And if you haven't already, please LIKE/FOLLOW/JOIN us on Facebook, Twitter and Sparkwise. See you at a screening soon.
Thanks so much,