If You Build It

USA | 2013 | 86 Minutes | Patrick Creadon

February 2, 2014

Designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller run a compelling design and build project in rural Bertie county, the poorest in North Carolina, working with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives. 

Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, they lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design program that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows thirteen teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.

  • Director: Patrick Creadon
  • Principal Cast: Erick Bowen, Rodecoe Dunlow, Kerron Hayes
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 86 Minutes
  • Producer: Neal Baer, Christine O'Malley
  • Cinematographers: George Desort
  • Editors: Nick Andert, Douglas Blush, Daniel J. Clark
  • Music: Peter Golub
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • US Distributor: Long Shot Factory