RISE: VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION
THE EARTH NETWORK PRESENTS: A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE POWER OF STUDENT VOICE
Rise: Voice of a New Generation spends a year following the students and coaches of One Stone, one of the most progressive schools in America. If these kids are the future, the future is bright.
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ABOUT THE FILM:
One Stone High School in Boise, Idaho is the only school that is actually run by the students, who make up at least 2/3 of the board of directors. Kids explore a new way forward, where their voices are truly counted. Their methods and ideas are an example that any school could draw from to change the balance of power and ignite student leadership and learning. Education is evolving and this could be the roadmap.
Students take risks, encourage failure, focus on design thinking and empathy, and approach learning in a way that can move as quickly and fluidly as Silicon Valley, a stark departure from the current industrial-age education system. Their students show up to national education conferences and find they are the only kids on the speaking roster.
Chronicling the second year of operations of the radically different One Stone high school throughout 2017-2018, our embedded film crew captured a historical year that could mark a tipping point in the future of high school design.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Jon Long has produced and directed films, television programming and multi-platform media campaigns for over 20 years for companies such as Universal Studios, IMAX, Disney, Universal, Entertainment One, National Geographic and PBS. His passion is the creative process and finding innovative ways to bridge entertainment, technology, distribution and education. He founded The Earth Network to create media projects and experiences that engage audiences and inspire positive social impact. Many of his projects have extensive community engagement and educational initiatives. He created EXTREME for IMAX theaters, which became one of the most successful documentaries of all time and, recently, THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM for Universal.