A teaser of the short documentary "Taking Back the Block." The filmmakers are looking to get the documentary published online or distributed. For more information please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-644-0952.
Synopsis: In the wake of a bloody altercation, Bishop James Dukes occupies an abandoned house to try and create a social service hub that will combat violence and other issues plaguing residents on a block in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.
Made by Miranda Viglietti, Audrey Cheng and Mitchell Armentrout at the Medill School of Journalism in spring 2013.
In March 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools across Chicago's South and West Sides—the largest number of schools closed simultaneously in American history. As a result over 30,000 Chicago Public School students ranging mostly from Kindergarten to 8th grade face displacement. This August, at the start of the new school year, these students will be forced to learn in crowded classrooms, attend new schools outside of their communities, cross dangerous gang lines and confront fierce school rivalries.
Our documentary "50: America's Historic School Closing" chronicles the events leading up to the closings and follows two students, Asean Johnson, 9, and Brian Stirgus, 17, in their struggle to unite their communities and save those schools targeted for closing—a majority of which are in low income, inner city communities with predominantly African American and Latino populations.
Here's a sneak peek at "Break on Through," the story of Chris Reed and The Other Side.
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