Reel Education

The American education system is multifaceted, but unfortunately oversimplified statements of the problems in our schools and one-size-fits-all solutions often take the media spotlight. Rarely do we hear of success stories from public schools or see portraits of families, students and teachers facing difficult realities with tenacity and creativity. Those working for change need resources that illuminate the complex issues, articulate solutions, and involve others in their efforts to transform education.

Reel Education is a collection of ten films that are engaging and inspiring educators, parents, youth, and policy makers to support an education system that serves all children. Highlighting themes that range from achievement gaps to the protection of funding for afterschool programs, these story-driven films are informing the national dialogue about how to advance learning in the classroom, in after-school programs and at home. Choose a film that relates to the education issues at play in your area and sign up to host a screening.

  • A Community Concern

    Education

    Across the United States, graduation rates in most urban districts still remain between 50 and 60 percent. A Community Concern is a documentary about people who...

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  • American Promise

    Education, Race & Ethnicity

    American Promise follows two African-American boys from middle class families as they navigate their way through a prestigious New York City prep school. This documentary tracks each...

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  • Brooklyn Castle

    Education

    Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal...

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  • Mariachi High

    Education, Race & Ethnicity

    Mariachi High captures a year in the life of competitive high school mariachi musicians in the top-ranked ensemble Mariachi Halcon in Zapata, Texas a flash...

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  • Our School

    Education, Health, Human Rights, Race & Ethnicity

    Three Roma children in a small Transylvanian town are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. When...

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  • Shakespeare High

    Education

    Shakespeare High is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of a group of teenagers in Southern California who find a place to belong within their...

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  • Speaking In Tongues

    Education, Race & Ethnicity

    In Speaking in Tongues, four public school kids become bilingual, posing a provocative question with the potential to transform our country: "In the 21st century, is knowing English...

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  • The New Public

    Education, Gender & Sexuality, Race & Ethnicity

    In fall 2006, former DJ, point-guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James OBrien opened a small public high school in...

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  • To Be Heard

    Can language transform lives? In To Be Heard three Bronx teens search for their voices. Karina, Pearl, and Anthony are precariously balanced on the edge....

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  • Who Cares About Kelsey?

    Ability & Inclusion, Education, Health

    When Kelsey Carroll entered high school, she was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than graduation. Diagnosed with ADHD and carrying the emotional...

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Host a Screening

Working Films is coordinating a collaborative effort among the filmmaking teams and national and regional education organizing and advocacy groups to bring these films to the communities that need them most. We invite individuals and organizations to screen one or more of these Reel Education films in your community. Check the screenings list for info about screenings in your area or sign up to host your own.

Take Action

Catch American Promise in theaters this week and then support their partners Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring Brothers in Action program.

The filmmakers of American Promise have launched a national campaign to raise $100,000 and 100,000 volunteer hours for Big Brothers Big Sisters' Mentoring Brothers in Action program. The program's goal is to recruit mentors, particularly men of color, and expand the organization's capacity to serve more African American boys, who represent the largest group of "Littles" and children waiting for "Bigs." Longstanding research finds that compared to their peers, Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentees are more likely to improve in school and see a positive change in their behavior and self-esteem.

Sign up to volunteer or donate!

Screenings

  Name     Date City State   Location   Status
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 05, 2016 Lincoln NE US HSSSP Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 05, 2016 Lincoln NE US HSSSP Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 05, 2016 Lincoln NE US HSSSP Details Complete
Speaking In Tongues thumbnail Speaking In Tongues 0 13 Apr 06, 2015 Normal IL US Normal Theatre Details Complete
Speaking In Tongues thumbnail Speaking In Tongues 0 13 Dec 10, 2014 OAKLAND CA US Auditorium Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Nov 17, 2014 Indianola IA US Black Box Theater (Kent Center) @ Simpson College Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Jun 05, 2014 Honolulu HI US The ARTS at Marks Garage Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 May 23, 2014 Alexandria NC US Alexandria Library - Beatley Central Branch Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 May 07, 2014 Tavernier FL US Coral Shores High School - Performing Arts Center Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 May 07, 2014 DeKalb IL US DeKalb High School Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 May 02, 2014 Long Beach CA US California State University Long Beach Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 May 01, 2014 Fitchburg MA US Dukakis Performing Arts Center, Montachusett Regional Vocational High School Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 May 01, 2014 Palm Springs CA US Palm Springs Convention Center Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 30, 2014 Arcadia WI US Arcadia High School Auditorium Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 29, 2014 Grafton MA US Grafton High School Auditorium Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 28, 2014 Holyoke MA US People's Bank Conference Room, Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College Details Complete
Speaking In Tongues thumbnail Speaking In Tongues 0 13 Apr 23, 2014 Wilmington NC US Hoggard High School Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Apr 23, 2014 Huntersville NC US Private Residence Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 22, 2014 Roselle IL US North DuPage Special Education Cooperative (NDSEC) Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 17, 2014 Charleston SC US Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 16, 2014 Memphis TN US Indie Memphis Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 14, 2014 Athens GA US The Arts Council, Inc. Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 11, 2014 Tupelo MS US Link Centre Black Box Theatre Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Apr 11, 2014 Los Angeles CA US Westin Bonaventure Hotel Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 10, 2014 Clinton SC US Presbyterian College Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 09, 2014 Athens GA US Cine Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 09, 2014 Clemson SC US Hendrix Student Center, McKissick Theater, Clemson University Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 08, 2014 Cullowhee NC US UC Theater, Western Carolina University Details Complete
The New Public thumbnail The New Public 0 1 Apr 07, 2014 Johnson City TN US Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, East Tennessee State University Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 07, 2014 Holyoke MA US People's Bank Conference Room, Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College Details Complete
Speaking In Tongues thumbnail Speaking In Tongues 0 13 Apr 05, 2014 Anchorage AK US University of Alaska Anchorage Arts Recital Hall Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Apr 01, 2014 Laurinburg NC US Scotland County Schools Central Office Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Apr 01, 2014 Plattsburgh NY US Mountain Lake PBS Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 29, 2014 Kingsport TN US Northeast State Community College at Kingsport Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 27, 2014 Towson MD US Potomac Lounge, University Union, Towson University Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 27, 2014 Bloomfield Hills MS US Bloomfield Hills School District - Doyle Center Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 26, 2014 Rochester NY US WXXI Education Outreach Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 25, 2014 Los Angeles CA US USC School of Cinematic Arts Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 25, 2014 Minneapolis MN US PACER Center Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 25, 2014 Durham NC US Durham Academy - Kenan Auditorium Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 25, 2014 Pierre SD US Best Western Ramkota Hotel Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 24, 2014 West Orange NJ US Jewish Community Center MetroWest Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 22, 2014 Keene NH US Antioch University New England Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 21, 2014 Sautee Nacoochee GA US Sautee Nacoochee Center Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 21, 2014 New York NY US Ethical Culture Fieldston School - Black Psychiatrist of New York Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 19, 2014 Oakland CA US New Parkway Theater Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 19, 2014 Michigan City IN US AMC Showplace Michigan City 14 Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 19, 2014 Delta CO US Delta Opportunity School Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 18, 2014 Billings MT US Holiday Inn Grand Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 15, 2014 Sebastopol CA US Sebastopol Center for the Arts Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 15, 2014 Denver CO US University of Colorado, Auraria Campus, Plaza M204 Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 13, 2014 St. Louis MO US Missouri History Museum Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Mar 05, 2014 Hamilton NY US Love Auditorium, Olin Hall Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Mar 04, 2014 Wenatchee WA US Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, Stanley Civic Center Details Complete
American Promise thumbnail American Promise 0 2 Feb 27, 2014 Las Vegas NV US BEH 241, University of Nevada Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Feb 27, 2014 Austin TX US Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Feb 26, 2014 Box Elder MT US Jon "Cubby" Morsette Vocational Center Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Feb 25, 2014 Honolulu HI US Grrrl Film Club Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Feb 13, 2014 Athens GA US Cine' Details Complete
Who Cares About Kelsey? thumbnail Who Cares About Kelsey? 0 1 Feb 11, 2014 Kokomo IN US Kresge Auditorium Details Complete
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