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“Waiting for ‘Superman'” adds another large donor to pledge drive

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Vantage has made it clear that Davis Guggenheim’s education-system-in-peril documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’” is an important component of their end-of-year release schedule. Which is why we’re proud to report good news like the item we received this afternoon.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt officially 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. In order for the donation to go into effect, 60,000 people need to pledge to see the Guggenheim’s documentary when it opens.

“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, CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the world’s largest provider of educational materials for elementary and high schools. “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.”
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the fourth major organization to take the pledge and join the WaitingforSuperman.com “Pledge Progress Meter,” following in the footsteps of FirstBook, OfficeMax and DonorsChoose.org.

The “Pledge Progress Meter” gives non-profits, foundations, and corporations an opportunity to match individual pledge levels to see the film. Guggenheim’s film examines the crisis of public education in the U.S. by following the stories of multiple students. It will open in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 24.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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