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Paramount’s “Waiting for ‘Superman'” reaches goal of 50k pledges

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood scored a major victory for public education in America Friday morning.

That’s when Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media announced that 50,000 people pledged to see the award-winning documentary film “Waiting for ‘Superman’” when it opens in the fall, meaning they hit their third goal on the “Pledge Progress Meter” campaign.

As a result, First Book and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will distribute 250,000 new books to schools and programs in low-income communities across the country. In addition, the duo will donate an additional $100,000 worth of new books once the “Pledge Progress Meter” reaches 60,000.

“We are thrilled that by pledging to see the film, 50,000 people have already started an important dialogue about addressing the needs of America’s students,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “First Book’s mission is to provide the access to educational resources that is proven to be vital in literacy development. We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate this pledge milestone by distributing 250,000 new books to students who need them most.”

Directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”), “Waiting for ‘Superman’” will be released under the Paramount Vantage banner and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories.

I hope to see the film in Toronto next week. I’m thrilled that so many people have committed to seeing the documentary on their own when it finally opens, and I only hope more people sign up for the innovative film’s “Pledge Progress Meter.”

The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 24, and nationwide in October.

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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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One Comment

  • September 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    I am anxious to see the film and know it will be used productively across the Country. Education has been waiting a long time for a spotlight bright enough to do some good.

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