August to JunePosted: March 7, 2011
Jonah Canah from the Fertile Grounds Project gave me the lead on this upcoming film. This child centered project took place within a public school. Here is the brief synopsis:
Come inside a public school happily and purposefully going against current trends and join 26 8-10 year olds, their teacher, and their parents for a year bursting with opportunities for curiosity, creativity and compassion.
“…a flat out gorgeous, beautiful movie, a brilliant poem of childhoods in motion over time. Here it’s impossible to lose sight of the kids or forget them after the film stops. They have signed the air with an individual presence that honors both the film and the education they are getting.”
— Jay Featherstone, author of Schools Where Children Learn and Dear Josie, emeritus faculty leader Michigan State University’s acclaimed teacher education program
“It’s one thing to deplore the assembly-line model of schooling with its emphasis on mindless compliance and rote memorization. Far more useful is to see the alternative take shape in front of you.”
— Alfie Kohn, author of The Schools Our Children Deserve and other books