If You Build It (2014)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
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, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible. (C) Long Shot Factory … More
Watch it now
News & Interviews for If You Build It
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for If You Build It
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.
The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching.
[Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.
A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year.
Patrick Creadon's modest 82-minute documentary is a record of good intentions in action.
Audience Reviews for If You Build It
There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about If You Build It!
Discuss If You Build It on our Movie forum!