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Award-winning documentary on America's failing public school system to screen

RELEASED: Oct. 14, 2011

Waiting for Superman

EAU CLAIRE — "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010) — "a powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system" (The New York Times) — will be presented Oct. 27-30 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), the film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Guggenheim's first nonfiction film, "The First Year" (1999), chronicled the tales of five first-year teachers in some of America's toughest schools and went on to receive a Peabody Award. A decade later, with his own children in private schools, Guggenheim was spurred to see what had changed in the battered public school system. What he found brought about this controversial documentary that analyzes the state of public education in America.

"Waiting for 'Superman'" received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and film critic Roger Ebert named it one of the best documentaries of 2010. The film is screening in conjunction with the Nov. 1 Forum lecture by social innovator Bill Strickland, who is featured briefly.

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate, the 111-minute film is rated PG.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films can purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4, and a family membership is $10.

More information about campus films is available online and at the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office in Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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