‘No Child Left Behind’ Controversy Finds Silver Screen

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Scrutinizing Film Premiers in New York City

The No Child Left Behind debate has found yet another locale.

Far removed from the courts, classrooms, and Washington offices that have served as the legislation's battleground thus far, the fight over the future of the U.S. education system will extend to New York's Pioneer Theater. 'No Child Left Behind', a documentary exploring the impact of the legislation will premiere theatrically Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

Directed by new filmmaker Lerone Wilson, 23, the film explores the triumphs and shortcomings of President Bush's education reforms, with particular focus on the New York City schools, and Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms. The filmmaker also returns to the Michigan schools he attended while growing up, to further document the changing landscape of public education.

Wilson was introduced to the No Child Left Behind controversy while serving as a tutor at New York City's PS 217. “I remember one particular conversation where a teacher, knowing I was a filmmaker, said 'Lerone you have to do something' …and she was right”. Then a senior at New York University's film school, Wilson anticipated the film being completed in 6 months. Instead, he now stands at the conclusion of a year and a half journey surrounded in controversy.

“One woman who saw the film's trailer on my website, even called to berate me about how I was essentially a liberal propagandist.” he recalled. Wilson has since re-edited the film's trailer, yet complaints concerning its alleged political leanings continue from liberals and conservatives alike. “I've seen lots of hurtful, and offensive remarks flung around surrounding this issue. But after producing this film I've realized it's not out of ill will, rather because it's an issue that so many people have a vested interest in, and care passionately about.”

Boondoggle Films, LLC is the brainchild of Lerone D. Wilson, a graduate of New York University, with degrees in both Film & Television, and Economics. This is his first feature length film. For screening/ticket information visit nclb.boondogglefilms.net or call (800) 595-4849. The Pioneer Theater is located at 155 East 3rd Street (at Ave. A), in Manhattan's East Village.

[Online media kit available at: press.boondogglefilms.net]

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