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S.O.S. - Saving Our Schools

In 2010 when 13 area Chicago Public Schools are listed for Closure, Consolidation or turn-arounds, one school, Simon Guggenheim and one neighborhood, Englewood, decides to "fight back!" This is their story.

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As a former student of Guggenheim who left there and became a teacher and subsequently a filmmaker my inspiration was three-fold. As an alumni I saw the possibility of my old school being closed as a destruction of my "family tree."

All my thoughts and dreams as a child were shaped there, so to me this place is a historical landmark. Important dates in the worlds history occurred to me while I was a student there. Most notable was the day after Dr. Martin Luther King jr was asassinated and this group of frighten kids all huddle in the gymnasium to hear if they still had a future or not. That defining moment in my life changed the direction for so many young boys and girls that day! for many of us, every brick, stone or pebble is part of the adult fabric that is now the cloak that we wear.
simon guggenheiml chicago public school closure education




Copyright © 2010 Cannon - Karst productions

Previous screenings

15 Jul – 22 Jul | Peja, Kosovo

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Just a little more of something, maybe the meeting at the school.
5 May 2010 | Anonymous
Love the trailer. Schools need someone to lend them a voice....I'm happy to see that someone is. Can't wait to see the final product.
19 Apr 2010 | Anonymous
At a time when America is facing one of its biggest crises, the national focus should be on education. Saving schools, one community, one district at a time sho...
16 Apr 2010 | Anonymous
Amazing job, film looks fantastic. You have and will continue to change the lives and futures of so many children!
15 Apr 2010 | Anonymous

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