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An 18 year old kid travels the country to show the human side of standardized testing and how it affects students.
An 18 year old kid travels the country to show the human side of standardized testing and how it affects students.
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Music: Easy Lemon by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Hello!

A year ago if you told me that I would be taking a semester off of college to make a documentary about standardized testing I would have called you stupid and laughed in your face. 

If you told me that a blog I wrote about the film would get national attention in The Washington Post I would have called you crazy.

But, it happened. 

And now I'm making this film, and it's really exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time.

This isn't just another depressing documentary. There have been plenty of films and books talking about how screwed America's education system is, I don't want it to be that. Okay, maybe it is going to be that, it's inevitable. But, what makes this film different is that it's made with the students in mind. They're the intended audience. This film will show them examples of other students going through the system that they can relate to, to show them that they are not alone and also show the incredible things that we all know young people can do when we are not inhibited by school. Because there's so much amazing potential in what education and learning can really be.

Also, isn't it also kind of ridiculous that the people most affected by our country's education policies don't have a say in what goes on? The movie is about that too and features several students who have already spoken out about this. 

Us students have become dehumanized and or hopes and aspirations and dreams have become dwindled down to statistics and test scores and hopefully this film will be able to show the human side of the story. That's why this is so important and why I need your help with funding!

2000 dollars may seem too little to make a documentary with, but it's plenty for our purposes. My parents have been very supportive of the film (Thanks mom and dad!) and have graciously let me take next semester off as well as help pay for much of the equipment needed. All of your money will be helping with travel costs as I will be going to many places such as Colorado, Florida, Texas, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C, and Los Angeles from January-May 2013. Sure, I might have to eat jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sleep on random people's couches for the duration of the trip, but that's all part of the fun! Editing costs will be very little as we will be editing the film on personal computers.

So, if you could help out that'd be awesome! And ThankYouThankYouThankYou from the bottom of my heart for your incredible support.

Risks and challenges

I have never made a full length feature documentary before. Figuring out the narrative structure for a nonfiction film will easily be the most difficult part and is something that I have never done before.

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