Documentary Screening: IF YOU BUILD IT

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
, film begins at 7pm (arrive early for good seats + raffle ticket purchases!)
David Brower Center Berkeley, CA

Tickets: $20 general admission, $75 VIP with priority seating + 10 raffle tickets
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On May 28th  visit the David Brower Center for a special sneak peek screening of If You Build It, a full-length documentary that chronicles one year in our Studio H design/build high school program. Made by acclaimed filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley, along with executive producer Neal Baer, If You Build It tells the stories of 13 students from Bertie County, North Carolina, who dreamed up a beautiful solution that would change the face of their hometown, then went out and built all 2,000 square feet of it. “As their instructors, we were honored to work with them and lead them along the journey.”

The story exemplifies the power of hands-on education, the raw brilliance of youth, and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community.

Come see the film before it is widely released, meet some of the current Studio H students from REALM Charter School, enter an awesome raffle, and learn more about how design and hands-on building can transform education for youth (including information about their new program, Studio G, a summer building camp for girls ages 9-12). Only 150 tickets available!  **ALL PROCEEDS WILL HELP FUND BUILDING MATERIALS FOR THE ONGOING STUDIO H PROGRAM, now housed at REALM Charter School in Berkeley.


About Studio H

Studio H is a public high school “design/build” curriculum that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, Studio H is now based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA. Studio H is the cornerstone educational initiative of the nonprofit Project H Design.

By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and industry-relevant construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.

Over the course of one semester, students earn high school credit and have the opportunity to design, prototype, and build a full-scale community project. Our students have designed and built some crazy chicken coops for families in need, and a 2,000-square-foot farmers market pavilion.

Studio H is a different kind of classroom. We design, build, and transform.

About If You Build It

In If You Build It, we spend a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system and simmering racial tension the people of Bertie County North Carolina turn to Pilloton, Miller and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come.

Christine O’Malley and Patrick Creadon’s two previous films “Wordplay” and “I.O.U.S.A.” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to successful theatrical releases. They have partnered with award-winning writer/producer Neal Baer (Law and Order: SVU, A Gifted Man) for this project. Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to present episodes that challenge the audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics.

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