School District observes Stamford Public Schools, a small-city district in the Connecticut suburbs of Manhattan, as it welcomes teachers and students back into classrooms this September and works through the 2020-2021 school year.

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School District


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production

LOGLINE

What will a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic look like? School District observes Stamford Public Schools, a small-city district in the Connecticut suburbs of Manhattan, as it welcomes teachers and students back into classrooms this September and works through the 2020-2021 school year.

SYNOPSIS

With a COVID-19 test positivity rate hovering around 1%, Connecticut continues to rank among the states best positioned in the fight against the virus. Thus, Governor Ned Lamont favors a return to the classroom and has asked superintendents to craft plans that deliver quality education while keeping everyone safe. School District captures how Stamford Public Schools adapts to a year like no other and identifies the obstacles and successes encountered along the way.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

School District is a fly-on-the wall, observational documentary; the story will be found through immersive filming. We will be a two-person crew. Each filmed activity will constitute a discrete sequence. The raw footage making up these sequences will then be compressed and crafted into scenes, which will be assembled in the way that best tells the story we discover during the filming and editing process to become an elaborately patterned mosaic, an essay, if you will, that suggests the layered intricacy of the district.

KEY CREW

Leigh Morfoot - Director and Producer

Leigh directs and produces films for Kinobserver. She started out at Maysles Films and then spent nearly a decade at the American Museum of Natural History production managing its documentary division. Leigh earned a B.A. in African-American Studies and English Literature at the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Media Studies at the New School University.

Leigh & Jason co-founded Kinobserver. Their narrative short, In-between Worlds, premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and their feature documentary. Citizen 3.0, iS distributed by Filmakers Library.

Jason Mofoot - Director and Producer

For the past eleven years, Jason has been on staff at the American Museum of Natural History where he is a senior producer and editor making documentaries about scientific research and field work. Prior, Jason was a freelance DP and editor in New York City. He spent two years, 2001-02, filming with a preeminent ethnographer for a documentary chronicling the relocation of tenants during the months leading up to the demolition of one of the buildings in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago. He holds a B.A. in History from Trinity College and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

 

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