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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 ;)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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