"Corporatized" pulls back the curtain to reveal how big business is dismantling our public school system.
About this project
The voice of the teachers and students needs to be heard, so please help support this film.
Small donations are welcome, $5, $10, $15. Everything helps. You can donate anonymously. Please share this link with all your friends and fellow educators.
A $25.00 donation guarantees you a DVD of the movie. You will receive the dvd once it is available to the public. SEE ADDITIONAL REWARDS BELOW
"It promises to be our battle cry and anti "Waiting for Superman" film. We are the super men and women."
"DOING THE RIGHT THING: A TEACHER SPEAKS"
Filmmakers Jack Paar and Ron Halpern are creating a film that will blow the lid off of the corruption that is behind the corporate takeover of public education.
In 2014, Jack Paar attended a rally for teachers, parents, and students in Washington, D.C. with his wife, an elementary school teacher. Jack says, "Before the rally in D.C., I didn't really know that big business was taking over our public schools, nor did I understand why it was problematic. I know that there are others who don't understand the real problems with our public education system because big business is really good at blaming it all on the teachers. However, it's not the teachers who are to blame. It's the fault of greedy politicians like Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo, and Arne Duncan, who are owned by greedy, big business: Pearson Learning, Gates Foundation, Walton Family, Eli Broad, Koch Brothers, and Bradley Foundation. To them your children are simply a dollar sign. So, we've decided to create a film that will reach a diverse audience and provide them with hard facts and heartfelt messages from dedicated teachers, parents, and students."
“Corporatized” pulls back the curtain on the charade to reveal how big business is doing a devastating disservice to our public school students, and how they are dismantling and destroying the teaching profession in the name of profit.
Each year, over $600 billion of taxpayer money is used to fund the U.S. public education system. In today’s era of privatization, it was only a matter of time before corporate education reformers figured out a way to get at that money.
They didn’t just steal it. These savvy, corporate raiders are too smart for that. What they’ve done is create an elaborate scheme to funnel that money in their direction. The testing mania, brought on by No Child Left Behind, is part of their scheme. Sounds legit, and looks legit to the layman. But, the devastation this is causing to public education may be terminal… if we don’t take measures to stop it.
Schools are losing their funding. Teachers are losing their jobs. Parents are wondering what happened to the public school system in which they grew up. Children are being reduced to a measly test score. The once engaging, well-rounded education experience is being replaced by the mundane task of learning how to fill in the correct bubble.
If there is any hope of defeating these corporate “deformers”, we must all do our part to save our public schools from privatization. We may not have the money that these corporations do, but we can raise our collective voice to be heard. Students and teachers are people, my friends! In “Corporatized” we’ll reveal how they are fighting back.
“Corporatized” shines a light on the hypocrisy, shortsightedness, ineffectiveness, and greed of the corporate education reformers. We need your help to complete it, and get it noticed. Please help by donating and sharing our GoFundMe campaign.
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THIS IS WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR:
Funds collected from GoFundMe will be used to obtain the following listed below.
We currently have over 30 hours of footage shot in Washington, D.C. during the BATs Teacher Congress and other footage shot in local public schools.
How Funds Will Be Used
Create Feature Length Documentary
Stock Footage - Approx. $250 - $5000 per clip
Stock Photos - Approx. $25 - $500 per photo
Film Nationwide (Oakland, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles) and Capture Additional Interviews and Footage (Educators, Parents, Students, John Stewart, Jon Oliver, Bill Moyers, Matt Damon, Robert Reich, Diane Ravitch) Approx. $7500 per city for film crew
Post-Production Cost - $40,000
Production Rental (camera, lights) - Approx. $1500 per day
Animated Graphics - $2,500 - $15,000
Major Film Festival Entries (Cannes, Sundance, Tribecca, New York Film Festival, Etc.) - $200 per Festival plus travel cost approx. $2500 each festival
Nationwide Marketing Campaign (TV Commercials, Print, Online, Etc.) $65000
Licensing Rights (Film, Music, Newscast, Etc.) - Approx. $5000 per clip
Theatrical Release (Multiple Cities)
Original Score by Hollywood Composer - $18000
PR Firm for Additional Exposure - $5000
National Distribution (Netflix, Cable Outlets, Etc.)
Edited Cut for Television
Sound Editing, Color Correction, DVD Mastering $14000
GoFundMe processing fee - 7.9%
It cost a great deal of money to create a film that can compete with the production value of a movie like "Waiting for Superman", so we need your support.
GoFundMe is one of the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, charity and other creative fields.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL
We will still create the documentary but not at the level we would like to. The funding goal may sound like a lot of money but its a far cry from what it typically takes to fund a project of this calibur. We want to avoid this so please spread the word. Everything helps! Once we hit $35,000 we will begin shooting for the documentary.
A special thanks at the end of the film.
You will receive the DVD upon the home release of the film and a special thanks at the end of the film.
You will receive the DVD signed by the filmmakers upon the home release of the film and a special thanks at the end of the film.
You will receive the DVD signed by the filmmakers upon the home release of the film, signed limited edition movie poster and a special thanks at the end of the film.
$500 Level - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT
You will receive the DVD signed by the filmmakers upon the home release of the film, signed limited edition movie poster, t-shirt and Associate Producer credit at the end of the film.
$2500 Level - PRODUCER CREDIT
You will receive the DVD signed by the filmmakers upon the home release of the film, signed limited edition movie poster, t-shirt and Producer credit at the end of the film.
$10000 Level - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
You will receive the DVD signed by the filmmakers upon the home release of the film, signed limited edition movie poster, t-shirt and Executive Producer credit at the end of the film.
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A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU in advance for anything you can do to support this film. It means so much, not only to us as the filmmakers, but to the amazing people who opened up their hearts and their lives in order to help tell this story.
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Additional Support Groups of Public Education
Badass Teachers Association
Diane Ravitch’s Blog
Network for Public Education
Living in Dialogue
Taking It Back
DEY - Defending the Early Years
Lace to the Top
GREAT Books to Read
Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks
Author David Greene
REIGN OF ERROR
Author Diane Ravitch
Badass Teachers Unite! Reflections on Education, History, and Youth Activism
Author Mark Naison
The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation
Author Anthony Cody
Risks and challenges
With all projects, there can be unforeseen complications and delays. We are committed to our supporters and will honor your contribution by keeping you informed of our production progress. Most importantly, we are dedicated to producing a quality documentary film that will tell a compelling story and engage a wide audience.