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No Child Left Behind: The Movie
After spending a year as a student teacher in a New York City elementary school, documentary filmmaker Lerone Wilson explores the effects of President Bush's momentous No Child Left Behind Act on schools across the country.
New York City Theatrical Premiere
with presentation from director Lerone Wilson
Sunday, September 25, 2005 7pm
The Pioneer Theater
155 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
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or call (800) 595-4849.
The film is available for purchase for $19.99.
FILMMAKER TAKES ON ‘NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’
Polarizing Film Finds Home at WTVS – Detroit Public Television
Filmmaker Lerone Wilson, 23, never envisioned himself producing a politically charged
hour-long television documentary on the federal education program. Nevertheless 2 ½
years later, the resulting film ‘No Child Left Behind’ will air August 28, on WTVS –
Detroit Public Television at 2pm.
During the course of his senior year at the New York University film school, Wilson
spent a great deal of time tutoring students at PS217 as part of a work/study program. It
was there that he became familiar with many educators’ discontent with the new
legislation. “I remember one particular conversation where a teacher, knowing I was a
film student, said ‘Lerone you have to do something’ …and she was right”, said Wilson.
The film, which was designed to be a balanced look into the issues surrounding the
NCLB program, has shown to be highly polarizing. “One woman who saw my website,
even called to berate me about how I was essentially a liberal propagandist.” he recalled.
Wilson has since re-edited the film’s trailer, yet complaints concerning its alleged
political leanings continue from liberals and conservatives alike. “I’ve seen lots of
hurtful, and offensive remarks flung around surrounding this issue. But after producing
this film I’ve realized it’s not out of ill will, rather because it’s an issue that lots of peoplehave a vested interest in, and care passionately about.”
Having attended schools in both Southfield, and Birmingham, Lerone spends a great deal
the film’s time exploring a controversial aspect of the NCLB discussion, the black/white
achievement gap. “Growing up I studied in these two demographically distinct school
districts. I always wondered why despite the negligible economic differences, one group
consistently outperformed the other. This really bothered me.” Wilson said. While he
and his production company startup Boondoggle Films don’t intend to single-handedly
solve the issues raised in the film, they do hope to have an impact upon social discourse.
Boondoggle Films, LLC is the brainchild of Lerone D. Wilson, a graduate of New York
University, with degrees in both Film & Television, and Economics. This is his first
feature length film, following a documentary short about the life of his late father, Detroit
FBI Special Agent David J. Wilson.
[Online media kit available at: http://press.boondogglefilms.net]
Contact: Lerone Wilson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: (646) 330-5403
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