If You Build It

  • Feature Documentary,
  • Documentary,
  • 86 Min ,
  • USA

Screenings:
Friday, October 17: 11:35 AM Moffat-Ladd House,
Saturday, October 18: 1:05 PM The Loft,

If You Build It
  • Director: Patrick Creadon
  • Producers: Christine O'Malley, Neal Baer

From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer- activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie county, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows thirteen teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.