Bill and Melinda Gates' Get Schooled Initiative Partners With Producers on Education Documentary
Filmmakers Adam McKay and Jason Pollock are hoping to have the film in theaters before the 2012 presidential election.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation education initiative Get Schooled has signed on to partner with Adam McKay and Jason Pollock on the documentary they're making about the dropout epidemic in America.
The writer-director of The Youngest Candidate, Pollock plans to shoot in the country's public high schools this school year and have a film out in time for the presidential election in Fall 2012 to make education an issue during the campaign.
"Jason brought us his idea a few months ago, and we thought it was a perfect way to elevate the voices of students, teachers and principals,” said Get Schooled executive director Marie Groark. "Too often their story is told for them. Jason and Adam will give them a chance to tell their stories themselves. We're big fans of Adam & Jason's films and we're excited to connect them with public schools around the country."
Get Schooled has a network of more than 100 public schools that McKay and Pollock will now have access to.
“As filmmakers, we understand the nuances of accurately capturing real stories inside American high schools," said McKay. "Get Schooled brings our team an unparalleled set of educational expertise and school partnerships across the country."