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An independent docuseries about the ideologies and motivations fueling the charter school debate.
76 backers pledged $6,261 to help bring this project to life.

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HI! So whether you A) care about public education B) appreciate engaging, insightful and visually stunning film or C) live with/are legally related to one of the team's creators... 

THANK YOU for potentially supporting Charter Wars  - an unbiased, nuanced analysis of the very complex (and intense) charter school debate.

Why Charter Wars?

For anyone who has waded into the blogosphere or twitterverse (or a school board meeting), charter schools are a contentious issue. There are certain buzzwords that scare a lot of people (e.g. "privatization" "union power" "hedge fund manager" "teacher seniority") and we wanted to understand why? Part of the problem is the lack of unbiased information out there - it is hard to tell fact from propaganda and it seems that everyone is fighting "for the children" but nobody can agree on what that actually looks like. 

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After years of research, we decided that the best way to encapsulate the charter school debate is through film. Film is sharable, digestible and, at its best, evocative. Public policy should be all of those things as well, however it often gets mired in its own complexity and specificity. So a charter school policy nerd teamed up with a talented filmmaker to try and capture the charter school debate on camera.

Charter Wars takes a bird's eye view of the debate to examine the broader social and political forces at play. Visit charterwars.org for more information

Our Goals and (not evil) Plans

Our goal is to foster thoughtful and nuanced discussion about charter schools and their role in Philadelphia. We do not promote any specific policy regarding charter schools nor are we affiliated with any advocacy or political group. You will hear the whole story, from all sides, with clear delineation between fact and opinion. 

Also, we intend to publish the final documentary online for free so that anybody can access our film and contextualize their own beliefs about public education and charter schools - whatever those beliefs may be.

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The Team

The Policy Wonk Sivahn Barsade

The Filmmaker Rachel Kessler

The Composer Danny Schwartz

The Data Cruncher Alex Albright

The Website Chick Samantha Salley

The Graphics Dude Felipe Gideon 

Project video music courtesy of Papercut Mixmaster

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Budget & Money

Makes sense that you'd want to know where your money is going. We believe in accountability and transparency too! Here is how we will spend $5520 (Kickstarter takes a cut of ~8%). 

Labor: 3 weeks of shooting, 4 weeks of editing, 1 week of composing and a generous interpretation of minimum wage laws 

Location Fees & Travel: Location Fees, Parking, Gas, WAWA hoagies to feed starving artist filmmakers during 15 hour days

Website Design and Hosting: Something technical about servers and domain names. Squarespace vs WordPress cost breakdown analysis available upon request

Rewards: Bribery via bright shiny objects

Rewards

Note on transparency: We will publish the list of backers on our website to answer the totally legitimate question "so who's funding this anyway?"

Note on ANONYMITY: We want to accommodate your desire to back this project anonymously and you may do so by creating a psuedonym account name in Kickstarter (see kickstarter backer questions). We (the Charter Wars Team) will NOT know the identity of anonymous donors.

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Risks and challenges

We have the footage, we have the website, all that is left is editing. We have contracts in place to complete this webseries (contingent on our Kickstarter succeeding!)

This project has a hard end date of September 2015, so you can be sure that the series will be up before then.

We do not anticipate any unique challenges to the completion of this project

*And Sivahn promises to stay away from skis ;)

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    PERSONAL-SATISFACTION: A pat on the back (from yourself) and good feeling that accompanies changing the charter school debate! Brag to your friends about how good of a person you are.
    PLUS an official Charter Wars sticker!

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    A HEARTY LAUGH: Access the complete media package including "Behind the Scenes Interviews & Bloopers" and the "Co-Directors Commentary" Listen to Sivahn and Rachel recount their their awkward encounters and surprising insights from their cross-Philly adventure. PLUS a Charter Wars postcard with original art and a handwritten note from Sivahn (which will look like a child wrote it anyway)

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    A MUG: Limited Edition Charter Wars ceramic mug with original design by Felipe Gideon. Since education requires a lot of hard work and even more caffeine!

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    AN ORIGINAL PRINT: Like those pretty pictures you see? Looking to expand your art collection? Pick your favorite of five original stills from the film and we'll get it printed all fancy for you!
    PLUS 2 TICKETS TO THE (pre)RELEASE PARTY where you'll get to meet the cast of Charter Wars (plus a special guest) and celebrate with the best dessert in Philadelphia!

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    WOW, we are so grateful for such a generous investment in this film project. We feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that you brought us 10+% closer to hitting our goal. And we want you to feel all warm and fuzzy too! So we're going to send you a super warm, super cool looking
    limited edition CWARS ZIP UP HOODIE
    PLUS 4 TICKETS to the aforementioned celebration
    PLUS FILM CREDIT as an official funder

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    DROP THE MIC... enjoy a really really GOOD FEELING about supporting this important project
    Film Credit as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    A PRIVATE SCREENING for you and your friends before Charter Wars is released, enjoy delicious homemade popcorn and a post-viewing Q&A with the Creator
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