Hot Docs is pleased to announce that February’s Doc Soup will present the Canadian premiere of Patrick Creadon’s If You Build It. An official selection of the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Festival, If You Build It will screen on February 5th and 6th with Creadon in attendance to give an introduction and post-screening Q&A.
If You Build It is a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. The film follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money, and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills—it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to reinvent their town and their own sense of what’s possible. If You Build It offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their futures.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online or in person at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.