Setting the Stage
(28 minutes) USA
Directors/Producers: Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin
In Setting the Stage, a dedicated public school teacher begins with the premise that every child is gifted, and then demonstrates how to stimulate and nourish those gifts through teaching Shakespeare in a very diverse elementary school classroom. Setting the Stage is a timely antidote to films that vilify public school teachers.
MelissaYoung and Mark Dworkin have produced documentaries on social justice and the environment for over twenty years. Several have been broadcast on PBS, most recently Good Food, which was featured in UNAFF in 2008. Their productions have won prestigious awards from CINE, Chicago, NW Film and Video, Houston, Columbus, Prix Leonardo and other festivals. Most are in broad circulation in academic and activist settings. Currently they are completing a film that features creative efforts to revitalize Detroit on a human scale, We Are Not Ghosts. Also in production is Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, which is about worker owned and run enterprises as one way to address unemployment and other community economic challenges.
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