SXSWedu is pleased to include the following films in the eduFILM program for 2015. These films represent the pivotal, leading-edge spirit of SXSWedu and its attendees. Check back for final updates to the eduFILM lineup in February.
Anatomy of a Snow Day
Inspired by the events of New York City's recent historic winter, ANATOMY OF A SNOW DAY presents 12-year-old documentary filmmaker Zachary Maxwell's examination of the decision-making process for closing public schools. Researched, investigated, and filmed over a period of seven months, the first-person documentary reveals the inner workings of city government and chronicles Zachary's unrelenting pursuit for answers from the key decision makers. Using an abundance of facts, independent research, playful commentary, and objective analysis, the film offers a lighthearted and inspiring tale for young people about intellectual curiosity, questioning authority, and the value of civic awareness.
Anne de Mare & Kristen Kelly
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph.
Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. Fed Up now available on DVD, Blu-ray™ & VOD, is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed up will change the way you eat forever.
Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War
Daniel Anker (deceased in April, 2014)
Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were once considered unteachable. Inspired by their teacher, Erin Gruwell, and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from the first day of freshman year in 1994 to the present day. In a racially divided community were adolescents were exposed to drugs, gang warfare, and homicides, Gruwell makes it her goal to teach the students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen.