Monday, April 12, 2010


For more evidence of how much Harlem families want high-quality schools, be sure to watch the BRILLIANT and heart-breaking new documentary, The Lottery (watch the trailer at:, which follows four Harlem families trying to get their child into Harlem Success, with commentary by Eva Moskowitz, Geoffrey Canada, Joel Klein and Cory Booker, among others.  A friend of mine was at a showing in Miami and she said at the end there wasn't a dry eye in the house (when some of the children, of course, don't win the lottery). 


The Lottery will debut in NYC at 7pm on April 29th at the Tribeca Film Festival (, coincidentally in the same theater as Wednesday's premiere of A Right Denied (SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St., between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Here are details:


The New York Premiere "Tribeca Talks: After the Movie"

On Thursday, April 29th at 7pm – School of Visual Arts  

The Tribeca Film Festival will host the New York premiere of THE LOTTERYa documentary that interlaces four families' stories in the months leading up to the high-stakes, low-odds lottery for one of the most successful charter schools in New York, The Harlem Success Academy Following the premiere, director Madeleine Sackler, Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council member and Harlem Success Academy leader Eva Moskowitz and others will discuss the highly politicized battle over the future of American education. Set against the backdrop of the highly politicized battle over the future of American education, THE LOTTERY puts a human face on the great crisis of our age.


If you are interested in seeing the film, please contact us for a screener 



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                                                                                           THE LOTTERY                

 The Lottery is a feature-length documentary that explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and the Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful schools in New York. The four families cast their lots in a high-stakes draw, in which only a small minority of children will emerge with a change at a better future. The vast majority of hopefuls will be turned away.

Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held (Brüno, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Children Underground), The Lottery delves into the ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable.

The Lottery interlaces the families' stories with the emotional and highly politicized battle over the future of American education. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.   

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