If You Build It (2014)



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From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jun 23, 2015
Box Office: $11.1k
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An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary from director Patrick Creadon, best known for 2008's I.O.U.S.A., which chronicled America's less-than-healthy fiscal condition.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
Boston Globe
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[Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Washington Post
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Patrick Creadon's modest 82-minute documentary is a record of good intentions in action.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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