American Teacher

American Teacher

Matt Damon
Director: Vanessa Roth Cast: Matt Damon
Matt Damon
, Jonathan Dearman
Jonathan Dearman
, Jamie Fidler
Jamie Fidler
Vanessa Roth


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2012
UPC: 0720229914949
Original Release: 2011
Source: First Run Features
Time: 1:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus scenes; More interviews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Narrator
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
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

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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