Free film screening of ‘American Teacher’ in Avon Thursday |

Free film screening of ‘American Teacher’ in Avon Thursday

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily"American Teacher" screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Antonio Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the United Nations Association Film Festival, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and most recently, the Denver Film Festival. "American Teacher" was awarded silver in the documentary category of the 34th Philadelphia International Film Festival.

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the documentary film “American Teacher” at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Avon Public Library.

Weaving interviews of policy experts with the lives and careers of four teachers, “American Teacher” tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system – the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country.

“American Teacher” brings together educational experts, student interviews and a year of documenting the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers.

Through “American Teacher,” filmmakers Dave Eggers and Vanessa Roth intended to “bring an awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system – how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success,” they said.

In keeping with the storytelling styles of both Eggers (writer) and Roth (director), “American Teacher” is a character-driven film that explores an urgent issue through humor, irony and the energy of the teachers who fill the screen. Since 2008, the filmmakers closely followed the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas across the country.

The film’s narrative balances the personal stories of each character with a mixture of interviews and animated facts and statistics by Stefan Nadelman, each highlighting the big sacrifices made by our nation’s teachers, and how these demanding costs force many of our greatest teachers out of the profession. The film is narrated by Matt Damon and includes an original musical score by Thao Nguyen.

Next up in the series, the film “Born to Be Wild” (G) will screen Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. All film screenings are free and open to the public.

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