If You Build It

2014

If You Build It

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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, 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

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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.

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

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 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.

    Jan 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.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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