If You Build ItProgram: 15. If You Build It
From the director of Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. If You Build It 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 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 design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows thirteen teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.
Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, the film offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.