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Glimpse inside new Brooklyn school

Film documents inner-city issues

POSTED: April 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Using an inner-city school to experiment with a new and unconventional education approach is the focus of the independent film “The New Public.”

Filmed over four years, “The New Public” follows first-time principal, James O’Brien, and his staff as they undertake a new and unconventional approach of emphasizing strong individual support and arts-based nontraditional instruction at a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

The 87-minute film goes in and out of the classroom to follow students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality and make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of the country’s education and opportunity gaps.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Martha Nesbitt Academic Building on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. The independent film is part of The Arts Council’s and University of North Georgia’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All educators are being offered tickets at $5.

For tickets or more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net.


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