If You Build It 2014

If You Build It

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Designer Emily Pilloton and architect Matt Miller go to a struggling community in North Carolina to teach high-school students about their craft.

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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.

    March 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching.

    February 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off.

    February 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary about a group of high school students who discover their inner architects over the course of an academic year.

    February 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 23, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The scattered pieces come together to form a thoughtful examination of the need to keep students engaged with education, and the challenges that arise in attempting anything against the grain.

    January 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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