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We need your help to finish this educational documentary about the power of teaching students HOW to think instead of WHAT to think.
The future of our society is in the hands of the young people currently in the public education system. RE:Thinking shows the powerful positive change that occurs when teachers & students are empowered to know HOW they think instead of WHAT to think.
The future of our society is in the hands of the young people currently in the public education system. RE:Thinking shows the powerful positive change that occurs when teachers & students are empowered to know HOW they think instead of WHAT to think.
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RE:Thinking: A Film About Education in America

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RE:Thinking takes us into US public schools where students are building their own knowledge instead of memorizing information. The future of our society depends on the creativity and competence of the young people who are currently making their way through our public education system. RE:Thinking shows the powerful positive change that occurs when teachers and students are empowered to know HOW they think instead of WHAT to think. 

Following the work of learning scientists Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera, RE:Thinking takes a systems thinking approach both to exploring the very purpose of education and in imagining what is needed to prepare young people for an uncertain world. Bringing thinking skills into the classroom doesn't require new technologies or tests, but rather an awareness of how we construct meaning from information. We see schools where teachers and students alike understand more about how they think, and as a result are able to think in more accurate, creative, and systematic ways.

We believe this film can have a constructive impact on the dialogue that swirls around education today, but we need your help. In order for our film to begin reaching educators, students, parents, and policymakers, we need to raise funds for the final edit, the sound design, and to begin strategic outreach.

Please help us to rethink our schools and build a more just, more creative, more sustainable society -- one school, one teacher, one child at a time.

Deborah C. Hoard, Director/Producer

Deborah has been a producer at PhotoSynthesis Productions for 30 years, and president since 2003. Her work in film and video is focused on education and social justice, and has won more than 150 international and national media awards. Deborah recently produced THEY CALL IT MYANMAR: LIFTING THE CURTAIN, which the late Roger Ebert called “a thing of beauty…One of the top 12 documentaries of 2012.” Her feature film CIVIL WARRIORS, the true story of 26 African-American men from upstate New York who fought in the Civil War, is about to be released.  

Rachel Ferro, Editor and Videographer

Rachel is a graduate of The Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and has been shooting and editing documentary films since 2004. Her work includes; Tell Me The Day Backwards (2013), Prizefighter (2012), Translate (2005) and Birth Work, a documentary series currently in production. Rachel works full time for PhotoSynthesis Productions as an editor and videographer. 

Leah Galant, Associate Producer

Leah Galant is a recent documentary studies graduate from Ithaca College in upstate New York. Leah was named one of Variety Magazine's "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media" for their April 2015 issue. Her films focus on social justice themes through the powerful stories of individuals. Past projects have included a documentary film about a traveling abortion doctor, THE PROVIDER which has screened nationally and received a Student Emmy Award and BEYOND THE WALL a documentary about re-entry and mass incarceration. Currently, she works for Photosynthesis Productions as an Associate Producer on the film, RE:Thinking.

Bronwen Exter, Educational Consultant

Bronwen Exter attended the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY and now teaches there. After graduating from Smith College, she earned her MST at the New School for Social Research in New York with an emphasis on urban public education reform and teaching for social justice. She was part of the founding faculty of both Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Manhattan in 2001 and BHSEC Queens in 2007, and has taught the Writing and Thinking workshop for the incoming freshman of Bard College at Simon's Rock. Her current teaching interests include American and Latin American Studies, Women's History and Gender Studies, Public Education and Democracy, Social Movement Theory and Practice, and Haunting and the Historical Imagination.

Mary Lorson, Composer

Mary Lorson has released ten studio albums to date, with the groups Madder Rose, Saint Low, the Soubrettes, and the Piano Creeps. Lorson’s songs and voice have appeared in over 30 films and television programs. She has created live original music for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and the Cornell University dance department, in addition to composing the original score for HBO's What Remains: the Life and Art of Sally Mann (with Billy Cote), Becky Lane's web-series The Chanticleer, and Lorson’s own TV premise Old School. In addition to scoring RE: Thinking, Lorson is currently setting to music a chapter of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, and is producing her original performance memoir Signals in small theaters and university settings. Her eleventh album, Themes From Whatever, will be released in mid-2016. http://www.marylorson.com.

Mickie, Graphic Designer

Mickie Quinn is an energetic illustrator, graphic artist, and educator. She has facilitated creative technology projects in under-served NYC schools and ran a city-wide competition that encouraged collaboration and critical thinking amongst students and teachers. Mickie has produced artwork for two children's books, murals, and for commercial projects for clients that include Showtime, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Crayola, and Adult Swim. She is excited to lend her talents and enthusiasm to the RE: Thinking project. http://mightyproductions.com/

Risks and challenges

We are experienced filmmakers and know very well that you really have to believe in a project to take risks and overcome challenges in order to bring it to life. We have been filming for RE:Thinking for four years, and are glad to be able to be in the final stages of post production. We know what it takes from here on out -- to work with the composer to create a final score, to do the final sound mix and color correction, to get the film reviewed and screened, and to contribute to the national conversation about the positive things that are happening in public eduction.

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