Paper Tigers To Premiere At Seattle International Film Festival

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Award-Winning Director, James Redford, and Executive Producer, Karen Pritzker, to debut documentary film that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on struggling teens

James Redford

It's an honor to premiere Paper Tigers at one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals. We appreciate the opportunity to share Paper Tigers with the film community and audiences who care deeply about improving outcomes for the next generation.

The upcoming feature length documentary film, Paper Tigers, will premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended film festival in the country. Paper Tigers is a relevant and timely documentary that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on struggling teens. Their teachers are armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their students’ lives for the better.

Paper Tigers will premiere on May 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, Washington. An additional screening will happen on Saturday, May 30 at 12:30 PM. Prior to the Saturday screening of Paper Tigers, award-winning film director James Redford will participate in a panel discussion titled “Making Provocative Documentaries-Provoking Documentary Audiences.” Redford will join the discussion featuring filmmakers who are successfully striking the balance between storytelling and activating around the issues that surface in their films.

Paper Tigers is a moving and profoundly important film that offers critical insights into one of the most widespread educational and health challenges in American society. It should be mandatory viewing for teachers and principals across the country, and anyone who works with vulnerable youths” said David Bornstein, New York Times author and Co-Founder of The Solutions Journalism Network. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. After radically changing its approach to disciplining its students, Lincoln saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. Told with intimate verite and diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.

“It is an honor to premiere Paper Tigers at one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the country. We appreciate the opportunity to share Paper Tigers with the film community and audiences who care deeply about improving outcomes for the next generation.“ says James Redford. Executive Producer, Karen Pritzker joined Redford on Paper Tigers following production of the successful, award-winning documentary, The Big Picture: Re-thinking Dyslexia. Redford and Pritzker have partnered to form documentary film studio KPJR Films and plan to follow Paper Tigers with a companion documentary, Resilience, which delves into the emerging unified science on human development and includes portraits of other practitioners putting that science into action.

Founded in 1976, Seattle International Film Festival creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival reaches more than 150,000 filmgoers annually.

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