August 22, 2017

Rescheduled for Weather: BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

Showing: Wednesday, January 27 – 8:00 PM
Title: Backpack Full of Cash
Year: 2016
Country: USA
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Backpack String Th ext 1CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY JANUARY 23
RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27

SPECIAL FINE-CUT SCREENING
Provide your input to the Rockland filmmakers who brought you Megamall.

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH
Directed by Sarah Mondale
Produced by Vera Aronow and Sarah Mondale
Cinematography by Roger Grange
Supervising Editor: Marian Hunter

 

Narrated by Matt Damon, Backpack Full of Cash explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. The film follows parents, teachers and activists through the tumultuous 2013–14 school year, taking viewers inside the world of what is now called education “reform.” In Philadelphia and other big cities, public education—starved of resources—hangs in the balance. USA, 2016, 90 minutes

“Terrific! An amazing accomplishment full of meaning and emotion.”  — Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Educator and Author of Taking Back Childhood

“Shocking. . . The film will definitely spur people to action.”  — Public School Parent

Meet the Filmmakers: Post-film discussion with the filmmakers and Fred Frelow, Senior Program Officer for Youth Opportunity and Learning at The Ford Foundation (a funder of the film) and former Director of Curriculum for Nyack Public Schools, moderated by Moriah Olsen, Labor Relations Specialist for New York State United Teachers.

The filmmakers are part of the team that made the 4-part PBS series, SCHOOL: The Story of Public Education, narrated by Meryl Streep, that aired in 2001.  In 2010 they made Megamall, a documentary about the 20-year controversy surrounding the building of Rockland’s own Palisades Center Mall.

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