ABOUT THIS PROJECT
CAN WE ALL GET ALONG? STORIES OF INTEGRATION FROM JOHN MUIR HIGH is a PBS-quality feature documentary in-the-making. The film will tell the story of Pasadena California's John Muir High School, both its history of ethnic integration, its impact on the lives of its alumni - and what it says about the state of public education today and in the future.
The film will focus on the stories of JMHS's multi-cultural alumni. The scope spans the school's integrated years, which predate Brown Vs. Board of Education, and covers the challenge of mandatory busing to the "resegregation" of public education everywhere.
But, at the end of the day, it will be the subjects themselves; the alumni, parents, administrators and teachers, who will be most important to the success of this film. An integrated and desegregated community and its stories can reveal so much about the lost potential of a well-funded and diverse public education.
ABOUT THE PROJECT TEAM
My name is Pablo Miralles, JMHS Class of 1982, and this is my passion project. I have an MFA from UCLA's School of Film and Television and have been in the visual communications industry for over 20 years, including being part of Emmy-nominated and Oscar-winning films.
I am lucky to have Janet Chen, Los Angeles based independent producer and filmmaker, working with me as Co-Producer. Janet immigrated from Taiwan at an early age, grew up in Southern California and studied in the UK. After earning a BA in Film Studies from UCI, she traveled the world and later worked at UCLA Extension's American Language Center for international students. These formative experiences compel her to create films that deal with cultural and ethnic diversity. Her work has been featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and SXSW.
Besides myself, there will be several other JMHS Alum working on this project. Respected TV producer La Monte Westmoreland ('82) is helping produce. Writer and fundraiser Nancy Young ('81) has been helping with the concept and development of the project. The newest members of our team are Robert Egami ('86) who has worked in post-production on several TV series and Pam Racs ('82) graphics designer who will be helping with our promotional material. Social commentator, radio personality and all-around good guy Cameron Turner ('81), whose wise missives are the genesis of this work, will be a content advisor. Award-winning historian and author Michele Zack ('69) has been helpful in educating me on the truly unique history of JMHS and it's surroundings. Renowned filmmakers Renee Tajima-Pena ('76) and Robert Winn ('81) will be advising the production.
ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN
This Kickstarter Campaign for CAN WE ALL GET ALONG? STORIES OF INTEGRATION FROM JOHN MUIR HIGH aims to raise the initial seed funds to produce the feature film through the summer. You can help by making a donation - any amount is welcome. Even $5 dollars, multiplied many times, can make a big difference. Then please send this LINK to all of your family and friends, so they can help make JMHS's story a reality!
All JMHS alumni, family, friends and anyone who believes that diversity is an important element in public education are invited to help. We are raising $35,000 as a bare minimum to begin making this film in HD - production and post-production included. The finished film is expected sometime in 2013. The team will do its best to expedite the completion of CAN WE ALL GET ALONG?, but some of that is in your hands. $35,000 is a MINIMUM, but CAN WE ALL RAISE EVEN MORE?!
And to the JMHS Alumni out there: Be sure to indicate the year you graduated in the post campaign survey! I will be giving special recognition at the end of the film to the class that gives the most and the class that had the most donors (will it be the same?)
Thank you for all of your help!
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