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Imagine a middle school where students choose to do real-world work. Follow the journey of teens who have taken over the local news.
Imagine a middle school where students choose to do real-world work. Follow the journey of teens who have taken over the local news.
80 backers pledged $4,030 to help bring this project to life.

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If we reach our stretch goal of $4,000 then every DVD will also include a director’s commentary, behind-the-scenes, or other special features.

Our Goal

We want to inspire other students and teachers by creating an hour-long documentary that tells the story of our unique and powerful approach to learning.

The failure of today’s education paradigm comes from the disconnect between what’s happening in the classroom and the real world.

We want our documentary to simply show results. We aren't pushing an agenda. We aren't trying to sell something. We want to show happy students achieving amazing things and let their successes speak for themselves.

Who Are We?

We are a small middle school that has transformed learning by putting down textbooks and picking up real responsibility. By design, our students do not receive lectures, but learn by working in professional fields.

In English and Social Studies, our students run a daily local news FM radio show. The students do 100% of the work. They schedule every interview, do all of the audio editing, and make every deadline. We are also expanding into TV and print news.

This is not an after school activity. This is our actual class.

Our 12 to 14 year-olds are passionate about being involved in their community and building real skills and learning.

What We Need

  • Promotional Art Videos: Promotional Art Videos is a talented and successful local film company. They made our jazzy kickstarter video at the top of this page. Our students will get to work with their team for over two weeks during the filming process. The owner of the Promotional Art Videos is Sudevi Mossé, an alumna of our school. She is very excited to work on our project.
  • Film Festival Entries: We would like to show off our excellent work in national and regional film festivals. Awards can help point more eyes at our amazing results.
  • DVD Production and Distribution of the Film.

A Sample of Our Radio Show

Risks and challenges

This will be our first documentary. Fortunately, our students are quite experienced with being asked to do new, hard things. The Promotional Art Videos team members have made documentaries before. Their experience and professionalism will help us create a high quality product.

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    Our Warmest Thanks: Receive our thanks for helping the world see what school can be.

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    The DVD: Receive a DVD of the finished documentary

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    Your Name In The Credits: Your name will appear in a Special Thanks section of the credits at the end of the film. Also receive a copy of the DVD

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    Limited Edition Copy of the DVD: This special edition of the DVD comes with a hand drawn cover, designed by one of our talented middle school artists, and a certificate of authenticity (also authentically made by a real middle school student) along with your name in the credits.

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    Invitation to The World Premiere: Receive a ticket to the documentary's premiere along with your name in the film's credits and a copy of the DVD.

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    VIP Tour: Receive VIP tickets to the documentary's premiere with specialty seating. We will also take you on a tour though our classrooms and introduce you to some our our film's most talented stars (you can even get their autographs).

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    Executive Producer: "Made possible by your name or organization" will appear at the beginning of the full length film. You will also be listed as an Executive Producer in the final credits and be treated to all VIP benefits.

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Funding period

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