So much has happened...

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.

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Andrew Friend

Andrew Friend is a documentary filmmaker in Chicago. During his 9-year service at a PBS station, his cinematography and lighting designs contributed to multiple award-winning projects, including his own Emmy nomination for technical achievement in videography in 2008. His 2010 film Workers' Republic was seen in many film festivals, and garnered the John Michaels Human Rights Film Award from the Big Muddy Film Fest. He is a producer and board member of grass-roots video collective Labor Beat. His 2015 film Schoolidarity documents and contrasts the Wisconsin Uprising of 2011 and the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012.