US documentary series America to Me will air on Stan from late August, same day as the US.
The 10-part series created by filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail), takes a look at one of the Chicago area’s most progressive and diverse public schools, located in suburban Oak Park and an exploration of America’s charged state of race, culture and education today.
America to Me follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago area’s Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the America’s highest performing and diverse public schools, over the course of a year as they grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities — in addition to the challenges that today’s teenagers face. Digging deep into the experiences of a racially diverse student population, America to Me sparks candid conversations about what has succeeded and what has failed in the quest to achieve racial equity and overcome obstacles in America’s education system. In this part observational character story and part high-school confessional, James captures critical moments within this vibrant high-school ecosystem.
James directed and executive produced the 10-part documentary series via his long-time production home, Kartemquin Films. The series is executive produced by Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll (Lincoln) and Diane Weyermann (An Inconvenient Truth), and by Gordon Quinn (The Trials of Muhammad Ali), Betsy Steinberg (Edith+Eddie) and Justine Nagan (Minding the Gap) for Kartemquin Films.
Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), Rebecca Parrish (Radical Grace) and Kevin Shaw (The Street Stops Here) served as segment directors. John Condne (Love. Blood. Kryptonite.) served as the series producer, along with Risé Sanders-Weir (Chicago Stories). Film editors were Leslie Simmer (Raising Bertie) and David E. Simpson (Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise).
America to Me made its world premiere with the first five episodes at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the new “Indie Episodic” category. Episodes were also previewed at Full Frame and AFI DOCS.
Monday August 27 with new episodes weekly on Stan.