June 11, 2014 | Posted At: 02:03 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: (Who Cares What) Research Says , Campaign 2010 , Campaign 2012 , Foundation / Advocacy Follies , Media Watch , School Life Pop Culture , Site News , Teachers, Teaching, Unions
Update: The Story Behind 2010's "Waiting For 'Superman'"
Some tidbits from my latest oeuvre (How 'Waiting for Superman' (almost) changed the world), which is out today:
- the hit-and-miss history of "message" movies (and why they're still so irresistable);
- Guggenheim's ill-fated (half-assed?) efforts to include a LAUSD magnet lottery in the movie;
- the "two-story" format that helped (or hindered) the movie's message (plus Guggenheim as narrator);
- conflicting accounts over whether the film-makers knew ahead of time that they were making such a pro-charter, anti-union film;
- the film-makers' refusal to reveal the whereabouts of the kids they profiled (though some updates are known); and
- new efforts to quantify the impact of movie-based advocacy (and ongoing efforts to measure Superman's impact).
Participant's latest education-themed documentary, "Ivory Tower," premiers on Friday.