Film and Discussion: If You Build It
Who says a 16-year-old’s homework assignment can’t change the world? From Patrick Creadon, the director of Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, designer Pilloton and architect Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. If You Build It offers a compelling, inspirational and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.
One Week Only! Starts Friday, February 28 at the Shattuck Cinemas. Also coming to the Opera Plaza Cinema in SF, and Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.
Filmmakers Patrick Creadon, Christine O’Malley & Emily Pilloton In Person during select shows Opening Weekend!
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