Pelham, NY—The acclaimed documentary, "American Teacher," explores the issues facing every parent and educator today about the faltering American education
system. The film delves into finding solutions to our public school woes, while changing the perception and reality of the undervalued profession of school teachers, the difficulties of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many give up.
This is a not-to-be-missed event for concerned parents and educators to have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A discussion with Academy Award-winning Director Vanessa Roth following the film.
A complimentary wine reception at 7:00 pm begins the evening followed by the screening of "American Teacher" at 7:30 pm.
General admission: $16 Box Office / Online Advance Purchase $13.
Seniors/Students: $14 Box Office / Online Advance Purchase $12.
Members always $10.
The Picture House is conveniently located at 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham, NY
For advance purchases, please visit www.thepicturehouse.org or call the Box Office at
AMERICAN TEACHER – Synopsis:
Directors Vanessa Roth and Brian McGinn (81min, USA, 2011) - Unrated
The tremendous need for passionate, qualified, and dedicated teachers is one of few
unassailable truths in the often contentious national education debate. Nonetheless, the
teaching profession draws such appallingly low salaries that nearly a third of all public school
teachers are forced find supplemental employment to make ends meet. Chronicling the
stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas throughout the
country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today’s educators, the difficulty
of attracting talented new teachers and why so many of our best teachers choose to leave the
profession altogether. The feature-length documentary is directed by Academy Award
Winner Vanessa Roth and Brian McGinn, and produced by Nínive Calegari, Dave Eggers, and
Vanessa Roth. The film includes a musical score by Thao Nguyen and is narrated by Matt
The Picture House’s topDOCS series sponsored by Frank V. Sica presents high-profile
documentaries hot off the festival circuit. topDocs will show you incredible stories from
around the world, from the highly personal to the highly political. The Picture House will be
bringing documentary filmmakers and subjects to audiences throughout the year for Q&As
following these special screenings.
ABOUT THE PICTURE HOUSE
Since its beginning in 1921, The Picture House has delighted and engaged audiences first with
silent films and then with talkies. It survived the Depression and later was a source of news
from the front lines during World War II. Over the years, The Picture House has served as a
cultural center and beacon for moviegoers.
The lovingly restored nonprofit Picture House is a community-based, mission-driven, nonprofit
alternative to commercial movie theaters. We show the best in new independent and classic
cinema and provide students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science,
and business of film. In a world where you can carry a movie screen in your pocket, The 1921
Picture House preserves the sense of community, wonder, and engagement that has existed
since the formation of the first theaters.