One year ago, 50 small film crews followed Pasadena public school students, teachers, volunteers and administrators as they went about a typical day on the school district’s 28 campuses. The stirring result is Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection, screening on Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Co-producers James and Dawn O’Keeffe have fashioned a spirited cinema verite-style feature documentary that not only contradicts the conventional meme that public education is irrevocably broken, but also shows the vitality, dedication and teamwork that exists amidst the challenges of providing a learning experience for children and teenagers in a racially and economically diverse urban area like Pasadena.
A community discussion with the filmmakers and participants will follow the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.