OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE: A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT SHETTERLY is a documentary film in development about this political artist and activist who has created a portrait series entitled Americans Who Tell the Truth consisting of 238 courageous Americans. See the trailer: vimeo.com/300584518
In this scene Shetterly is in conversation with one of the most effective and charismatic teachers of our time, Stephen Ritz, author of the book The Power of a Plant. He created the Bronx Green Machine in which plants are the focus of the curriculum. He believes his students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Shetterly chose Ritz to be part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth project and here discusses with Ritz his educational philosophy sitting among Shetterly's 238 portraits which were exhibited all together for the first time at Syracuse University. Scratched into each painting is a quote epitomizing the subject’s beliefs. Shetterly chose to highlight the following Stephen Ritz words: "The greatest natural resource in the world is the unused and untapped potential residing in underserved, marginalized and low status communities." Taken together, Shetterly's portraits focus on truth telling and how to build a truly democratic society -- what we need to do now to survive environmentally and morally. As Shetterly and the portraits travel to communities and schools across the US, they provide models of courageous citizenship. His grief and anger launched the series. Hope and love drive him now.
To contribute to this project contact the Union of Maine Visual Artists, a 501c3 not for profit educational organization, at firstname.lastname@example.org 207-359-2320.