WATCH HERE https://vimeo.com/ondemand/schoolidarity
NOW SHIPPING! Union-printed DVD and BluRay discs are (finally!) available in the BUY THE FILM section of this website. 5-packs of each are also available for resale at all levels, from web store to lit table (complete with official GS1 UPC code for those with barcode scanners). Licensed for home use or small screenings. Buy one and show the film to your union, workers center, or activist group!
Our premiere on Amazon Video has been delayed by closed-captioning issues. We are working with the transcription service to replace, but this problem only became known to the makers of Schoolidarity the night before its premiere... which was the beginning of the Labor Day weekend in the US. We will blast the mail list with announcements when all is finally ready. Sorry about all these fits and starts for the launch. Very frustrating.
Due to a delay in the DVD and BluRay production, we will only be taking pre-sales at this time. The estimated first day actual DVDs will ship is Wed. Sept. 14, 2016. We will ship out discs in the sequence the orders are received. If this causes a delay in a planned screening, please contact the co-producer email@example.com to request a custom-burned disc.
Hits Amazon Video on Sept. 2!!
We are proud to finally announce the global online premiere of SCHOOLIDARITY.
On Sept. 2, 2016, the film can be rented or purchased to be streamed on AMAZON VIDEO!
We will also begin selling DVD and BluRay copies here on the website at that time as well.
This has been a long process, but the decision to independently distribute meant a faster route to our audience and we wouldn't choose any route that dilutes Schoolidarity's important message.
More details to follow!
We are very embarrassed to report that part of our website has never worked properly until we caught it recently. The "contact" page, and also the "email updates" sidebar, were never properly configured. We sincerely apologize if you have been trying to reach the makers of Schoolidarity... in the past year.
Again... wow... that's embarrassing.
Our film will finally debut in Chicago April 22 and 23, 2016 as part of the Injustice For All Film Festival!
Friday, April 22nd, 7pm-9pm Euclid United Methodist Church
405 South Euclid Avenue • Oak Park, IL
Friday, April 22nd, 7pm-9pm Trinity United Church of Christ
400 W. 95th St. • Chicago, IL
Discussion panels with a CTU member and the filmmaker will follow each screening.
So much has happened with Schoolidarity (and the scrappy unions it covers) since our last post.
Schoolidarity was named as a SILVER AWARD WINNER in the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards! The organization viewed nearly 20,000 pieces of documentary subject matter from around the world, including features, shorts, and much more. 250 films were then chosen to be the best of 2015, and Schoolidarity is one of them. "I'm so humbled by this honor," said director Andrew Friend. "This is a validation that the message of the film is not an isolated one for public unions alone."
Also, Schoolidarity appeared in the Idyllwild Festival of International Cinema in early January 2016. And we have just received word that the Missoula Labor Film Festival will show the film on May2, 2016, part of the network of Global Labor Film Festivals that celebrate International Workers Day with the power of film. Thank you so much Idyllwild and Missoula for this opportunity.
The Santa Fe Film Festival, Dec. 2-6 2015, has invited Schoolidarity as an official selection! We had an impressive showing there at the IATSE Local 480 hall in May 2015 as part of the Santa Fe Labor Film Fest, and the selection committee liked what they saw. I'll post specific info when available, but it looks like the film will play on Friday Dec. 4.
Schoolidarity recently received some advanced praise ahead of release from one of the director's heroes:
"Schoolidarity is cinematically extremely well done... The close association of teachers and students in Chicago and Wisconsin is the struggle that does not die just when the strike is over. It is a truly educative process which will rise again."
--Haskell Wexler, Director, Medium Cool
Mr. Wexler is the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Over his long career he's shot some amazing narrative and documentary work, and I'm humbled and honored he loved my film.
Well, how the mighty have fallen! Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools from late-2012 to mid-2015, resigned amid a federal investigation earlier this year, and was indicted (and pled guilty) to accepting immense bribes and kickbacks in exchange for steering a no-bid $23M principal development contract to her former employer, SUPES Academy. And now it's coming out that while BBB was head of Detroit Public Schools, she illegally steered a $40M book contract to that district as well, lying and concealing the conflict of interest. She's been accused of theft and conspiracy.
This is the crook "reformer" that Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought in after the 2012 teachers strike. She presided over the 49 school closures in 2013, coldly saying the consolidations would "guarantee our children will get what they need and what they deserve... every child in Chicago Public Schools." But who did Rahm Emanuel appoint in her place? Forest Claypoole, a career politician with no educational experience who formerly ran the CTA (he had no transportation experience either). I can't think of a more glaring example of why Chicago's children deserve an elected school board built on transparency, democracy, a school system centered around preparing students for a fulfilling life, not preparing them for an academic career of standardized testing.
The epilogue text of Schoolidarity has been modified to reflect this development with BBB.
We've had to remove direct DVD sales from the website, even though there were only a few. We are courting distribution deals for the film, and holding off sales until release is obviously a standard procedure in such a process. Be patient, Schoolidarity will have a wider release soon.