Saturday, December 11, 2010

UNDERDOGS: The Story of a Successful Public School

I am proud to be kicking off fundraising for my first feature-length documentary project, "Underdogs," which follows a public school in Newhall, CA (outside of Los Angeles) over what should be a monumental school year this year.

The school is considered a classic "school of poverty." It should be failing, like so many other schools with similar demographics, but the students, staff and administrators at McGrath Elementary School have created a culture of success. This year they want to do the unthinkable -- have 90% of their students score as proficient or advanced on the state's standardized tests. The 6th graders at the school set this goal. And, they're inviting President Obama to go to the movies with them next year if they achieve this goal.

The students are at the heart of the film. I'm enjoying getting to know them through the editing process and am proud of the filming that Ramon is doing on the project and of the teaching he is doing, as he is teaching filmmaking to students at the school.

Ramon and I are very proud of this project and are working very hard, but we need your help. Every dollar counts! Go to to find out how you can help, what you can gain for supporting the project -- AND TO SEE A 7 MINUTE VIDEO EXCERPT FROM THE FILM.


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