Isn’t it nice when films actually make the world a better place? Director Davis Guggenheim and producer by Lesley Chilcott (check out our Sundance interview now) have had an effect before with An Inconvenient Truth) and now they’re doing it again with Waiting for Superman.
Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media who picked up the film and have been promoting it since it’s wild success at Sundance, all jointly announced today that global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has joined the WaitingforSuperman.com “Pledge Progress Meter” by committing to provide $100,000 worth of new children’s books to U.S. libraries in need once 60,000 people pledge to see the award-winning documentary.
“We are proud to support this film because it shares our mission to promote literacy and an appetite for learning among the nation’s students,” said Barry O’Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “An essential first step to improving our education system is providing those students with better quality and more accessible literacy-based resources within and outside of the classroom.”
Waiting for Superman examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding “Take the Pledge” campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids’ lives for the better. The “Pledge Progress Meter” launched in May as a way for non-profits, foundations and corporations to match individual pledge levels with powerful action items aimed at helping both students and public schools.
Who can help by simply pledging to see the film (trust me it’s worth it)!
Find out more about the movie and how to take the pledge now and you can watch the trailer now. You can also text “PLEDGE” to 77177 to participate!
The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 24, nationwide in October.