American Teacher

Overview

Oscar winner Matt Damon narrates this eye-opening look at the American education system, as viewed from the perspective of four dedicated teachers. Directed by Academy Award winner Vanessa Roth The Third Monday in October and produced by Dave Eggers Away We Go, American Teacher aims to address the difficult questions about the broken public school system through honest dialogue with the people who strive to give our children a proper education. Every day, Jamie Fidler, Jonathan Dearman, Erik Benner, and Rhena ...
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Overview

Oscar winner Matt Damon narrates this eye-opening look at the American education system, as viewed from the perspective of four dedicated teachers. Directed by Academy Award winner Vanessa Roth The Third Monday in October and produced by Dave Eggers Away We Go, American Teacher aims to address the difficult questions about the broken public school system through honest dialogue with the people who strive to give our children a proper education. Every day, Jamie Fidler, Jonathan Dearman, Erik Benner, and Rhena Jasey each preside over a classroom full of children with unbound potential. But due to the fact that funds are in short supply and the hours can be grueling, it's a constant uphill battle. Perhaps even more troubling is the revelation that over three million American teachers will be eligible for retirement in the next decade, and that the current crop of college graduates are turning away from the profession in droves due to minuscule wages and a complete lack of prestige. Realizing that quality teachers are the key to a good education, Roth profiles four educators who have devoted their careers to the betterment of today's youth but recognize that the entire system could collapse at any moment.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus scenes; More interviews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • UPC: 720229914949
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: First Run Features
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,378

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Voice Only
Jonathan Dearman Participant
Jamie Fidler Participant
Rhena Jasey Participant
Erik Benner Participant
Technical Credits
Vanessa Roth Director, Producer
Nínive Calegari Producer
Emily Davis Associate Producer
Jeff Edrich Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Eggers Producer
Daniel B. Gold Cinematographer
Brian McCann Editor
Steve Milligan Cinematographer
Thao Nguyen Score Composer
Jack Norflus Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Shepherd Sound Mixer
Rich White Cinematographer
Arthur Yee Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Teacher
1. Teachers Are the Key [3:59]
2. A Touch Job [9:35]
3. Truth in Numbers [10:50]
4. Leadership [9:52]
5. Family Turmoil [11:09]
6. Leaving the Profession [8:54]
7. Salary Counts [10:28]
8. Where We Stand [10:22]
9. End Credits [4:13]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Teacher
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Setup
      English SDH - On
      English SDH - Off
   Bonus
      Expert Outtakes
         Play All
         Linda Darling Hammond
         Mark Bounds
         Carina Wong
         Brad Jupp
         Sabrina Laine
      Teacher Outtakes
      More Experts Weigh In
   First Run Features
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