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Thursday, October 17 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Clips and Conversation with "America to Me"

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On the second evening of the conference, Thursday, Oct. 17 don't miss Clips and Conversation with America to Me, a 10-part documentary series that presents an exclusive look into an academic year at suburban Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School. Students, teachers and administrators from one of the country's highest performing and diverse public schools are profiled in the face of decades-old racial and educational inequities. The series delves into the experiences of the racially diverse student population, sparking conversations about what has and has not succeeded in the quest to achieve racial equity and overcome bias in education.

During the session, we'll watch several clips and have a conversation with a panel about the role giving families can play in shifting the narrative around race issues. We'll also explore how to create a film campaign that mirrors the fundamentals of issue campaigning, and the role that independent filmmakers can play in fostering greater understanding of pressing social issues. Watch the complete episodes of "America to Me" here.

Related Resources
The Art of Conversation
Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
America To Me Organizer Guide

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Laura Compton

Impact Producer, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Laura loves creating inclusive environments. Since 2016, Laura has been working as an impact producer and consultant for foundations, small businesses and nonprofits. Through a partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Laura worked as the impact producer to heighten... Read More →
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Steve James

Director of "America to Me", Filmmaker
Steve James previous work includes Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize and a Directors Guild of America Award, a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Other award winning films include Sundance winner, Stevie; International Documentary Association winning docuseries... Read More →
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Kendale McCoy

Cornell College, Current Senior, Student subject in "America to Me"
Kendale was born and raised in Oak Park, IL. At a young age he realized he was musically talented and continues to use music to cope with the many struggles in his life. Kendale graduated from OPRF in 2016 and currently attends Cornell College. He is a junior this year and plans to... Read More →
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Tony Richardson

Executive Director, The Nord Family Foundation
Anthony Richardson is executive director of the Nord Family Foundation and former chairman of the Lorain Academic Distress Commission, a joint local and state committee established to turnaround Lorain City Schools in Lorain, Ohio.In 2012, Anthony served as the civic and political... Read More →
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Vincent Stehle

Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
Vincent Stehle is the executive director of Media Impact Funders. Before joining Media Impact Funders in 2011 as executive director, Vince was program director for Nonprofit Sector Support at the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation based in New York City. He also served as a media... Read More →
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Tyrone Williams, Jr.

History Teacher, Oak Park and River Forest High School
Tyrone W. Williams, Jr. earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts (1997) and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000).  During his time in Champaign-Urbana he competed for the Track and Field team where he earned All Big... Read More →
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Lisa Zimble

Impact Producer, "America to Me", Participant Media
Lisa Zimble is passionate about public education and is a filmmaker. She is currently the impact producer of Participant Media’s America to Me: Real Talk campaign, using the docuseries to create awareness, conversation and change around issues of racial equity in schools. Lisa produced... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Chicago Ballroom F-H, 5th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611