Most Likely to Succeed

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USA | 2015 | 86 minutes | Greg Whiteley

Frustrated with America’s outdated educational system that has been in place since the Industrial Revolution and is failing students across the country, documentarian Greg Whiteley (New York Doll) trains his cameras on High Tech High, an unconventional school that emphasizes exploration, collaboration, and examination over standardized testing. Director Greg Whiteley scheduled to attend.

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When documentarian Greg Whiteley (New York Doll) sat in on a parent-teacher conference and noticed his 10-year-old daughter’s overwhelming boredom, he didn’t get mad. Instead, he took a long, hard look at the American educational system and saw that it was lacking, its institutional processes and curriculum better suited to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century than the information age of today. What good is the system if even college-educated Americans find themselves stranded in an increasingly hostile and shrinking work force? As an alternative, Whiteley looks toward High Tech High in San Diego, a learning environment that is anything but orthodox, training his cameras on two freshman classes over one school year. Created by Larry Rosenstock and funded by Qualcomm C.E.O. Irwin Jacobs, High Tech High focuses on project-based learning with end-of-year exhibitions, hoping to instill in their students values of conversation, exploration, collaboration, and examination in lieu of standardized testing. With each teacher allowed to dictate how their class is run and what they teach, can this experiment prove to be the reform that this country needs in the new century?

Director Biography
Greg Whiteley is an American documentary film director, producer and writer. He is known for the documentaries New York Doll (2005), Resolved (2007), and Mitt (2014). Resolved received two Emmy nominations for Best Editing and Best Documentary.

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  • Director: Greg Whiteley
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Producer: Greg Whiteley, Daria Lombroso
  • Screenplay: Greg Whiteley
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Patay
  • Editors: Adam Ridley
  • Music: Josh Ethan Johnson, Matthew Lurie
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Mitt (Doc, 2014), Resolved (Doc, 2007), New York Doll (Doc, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: WME