Title:  Teen Press
Category:  Short Documentary
Length:  30 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  T.C. Johnstone
Year:  2015
Country:  USA

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Today’s media is filled with stories of America’s struggling education system. There is a consistent narrative about what is being done wrong; this is a story of how one school is doing it right. Follow the student reporters from Santa Barbara Middle School’s groundbreaking Teen Press program as they interview actors, politicians, and business leaders including Oprah, Ben Affleck, and Bill Gates. 

Director’s Statement: T.C. Johnstone 

I was inspired to make the film when I encountered the Teen Press team at the Santa Barbara Film Festival where my film Rising From Ashes was premiering. Among the throngs of journalists and paparazzi, I saw a group of 12 and 13 year old kids poised and ready to ask meaningful questions of the stars and filmmakers who walked the red carpet.
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