Pennsylvania charter school movie to be released nationwide in September
June 06, 2012
PCPCS is excited to announce that 20th Century Fox in conjunction with Walden Media will be releasing a feature film about a group of Pennsylvania parents and teachers who work together against the odds and opposition to create a neighborhood charter school.
About the film:
Once in a great while, a film is made that combines honest, emotional drama with a genuine sense of purpose. Putting aside partisan divides and political agendas, WON’T BACK DOWN takes a raw and unflinching look at the current state of our country’s education system, and provides an optimistic and actionable point of view for parents, teachers, and community activists alike.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
The film is not only an emotionally moving and incredibly entertaining drama made by world-class actors and filmmakers, it is also an opportunity to put this conversation about the importance of education front and center. In our classrooms, in our homes, in local, statewide and national government, it is a chance to facilitate honest conversation, promote constructive and meaningful activism, and do our part as individuals to secure a better future for our kids. WON’T BACK DOWN is the type of film that inspires people to ACT.
In order to truly transform our children’s future for the better, it’s incredibly important for as many people to see WON’T BACK DOWN as possible, so that the real problems facing our schools, teachers, and children can be brought to light. So that people can see that something can be done to make it better. And so they are inspired to act, and are given a roadmap to change.
WON’T BACK DOWN opens in theaters everywhere on September 28, 2012.
Check out the trailer:
In this scene a mother takes her daughter to the annual lottery that is held for the precious few seats the district would allow the charter school to offer. 40 seats for hundreds of children (actually better odds than some charter schools right now).
Best line: Maggie Gyllenhaal listens to a charter school founder speak about their school’s passion for changing children’s lives for the better and whispers to her daughter, “We’ve found our school”.