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Our film explores the current lack of arts education, the importance of the arts in schools, and its future in Portland schools. Read more

Portland, OR Documentary
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Our film explores the current lack of arts education, the importance of the arts in schools, and its future in Portland schools.

Portland, OR Documentary
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Mission:

The mission of Arts Exit: a documentary is to present the current lack of arts education in Portland Schools, to follow an artistic student who is struggling to find her voice without current access to the arts in school, to explore the role of the arts in a well rounded education, and to highlight the work of Ballot Measure 26-146 to restore arts educators to all Portland elementary schools by 2014.

The Film:

My name is Char Hutson and I'm a self taught filmmaker. I'm someone who loves watching documentaries, who loves working with youth, and who loves every aspect of the arts. This is my first documentary and I am beyond excited to add 'documentary filmmaker' to my list of accomplishments. However, I have reached a road block with funding and need financial support to complete this movie project. Your financial support will help fund the following needs:

Crew & Equipment ($1250)

2 Hard Drives ($350)

Original Music Produced ($500)

Promotional Materials ($750)

Film Merchandise ($500)

Professional Editor ($4000)

Miscellaneous items, fees, permits ($650)

The above items total $8000 and will allow us to finish the film.

MORE ABOUT THE FILM

Arts Exit will interweave 3 main storylines to document the role of arts education in public schools. We have already begun to interview local Portland artists, politicians, school administrators, students and arts education advocates to find out why the arts exited from Portland schools over the last decade.

First, we will be following the life of one high school student in the PPS school system as she struggles to find her voice and her identity through the arts. Her story will capture the real impact that the lack of arts education can have in a student’s life path.

Second, we are interviewing Portland artists, politicians, and art advocates to find out why they believe arts education is critical to a well rounded education in the public school system. Interviews include Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams, visual artists and a Portland State University professor.

Thirdly, we are interviewing school administrators and Ballot Measure 26-146 organizers to find out the reasons for the current lack of arts education in Portland schools and the hopeful impact of Ballot Measure 26-146, which passed this November in Portland. Interviews include Jessica Jarrett Miller, executive director of the CAN network.

The irony of the situation makes it all the more important to highlight, as many people, even in Portland itself, have no idea that regular arts courses are not currently being offered in our public schools.

We are currently a two woman team, Char Hutson (director/camerawoman/editor) and Emily Sterling (producer) who are funding this project out of our pocketbooks. We believe in the importance of this story and the power of the arts in our education system; especially for low-income and at risk students. Please help us tell this important story by supporting our film.

VIDEO CLIPS CREDIT:   Our Portland, Our School (Jefferson high school footage), Castle Fox Studio (Jefferson dancers footage), Ryan Chen (Why the arts footage) and Kris Guico (Urban arts footage).

Risks and challenges

We are passionate about this film and will do whatever it takes to finish this project. We know that making a film is not easy and may present challenges that can hinder our progress. However, we are committed to the process and will continue to seek support during the process of completing this film. We plan to work hard and follow through even if our project is faced with challenges.

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