To launch the initiative, Participant Media will host a national conference call with Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott during which the director and producer will address questions submitted by people via the website before the call. The conference call will take place today, Friday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. PST/9:00 p.m. EST and everyone who signs up will also be entered to win a one-on-one phone call with Harlem Children's Zone founder & CEO Geoffrey Canada who is featured in the film.
People hosting a screening are encouraged to register their gatherings on the film's website at WaitingForSuperman.com/Action/DVD and be represented on a map tracking the nationwide events. They can also sign up to receive a free House Party Screening kit, which will provide them with a DVD Discussion Guide, as well as popcorn, bumper stickers and action postcards that can be used at their event.
"The House Parties are a key component of Participant Media's commitment to use the film to inspire community involvement and expand the vital conversation about public education that the movie has sparked," said Jim Berk, CEO, Participant Media. "The DVD and Blu-ray release allows us to reach those who didn't have the chance to see the film in a theater and continue to engage people in demanding the highest quality education for all children."
Called "an electrifying call to action" (Rolling Stone) and "one of the top 10 movies of 2010" (Time Magazine), Waiting for Superman depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. The film debuted on Blu-ray and DVD on February 15th and each disc includes a $25 credit that can be donated to any classroom project listed OnDonorsChoose.org. In addition to the inspirational film, the Blu-ray and DVD feature four additional stories of real students and teachers, commentary by Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott, a conversation with Davis Guggenheim, the making of John Legend's original song "Shine", which recently won a Grammy for Best R&B song and was composed specifically for the film, a look at what's changed in education since the movie was filmed and more.
Waiting for Superman is a Paramount Pictures release of a Participant Media presentation in association with Walden Media. The film is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.
Waiting for Superman was released September 24th, 2010 and stars The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada, The Esparza Family, The Hill Family, George Reeves, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim.