August 26, 2018 4:49 pm
"Eye-opening... an invaluable look at where inequity begins, as well as the difficulty of getting to the place where it ends."
– James Poniewozik, The New York Times
"An urgent, inspiring and often heartbreaking look at teenagers who are playing for the highest of stakes."
– Scott Tobias, The Washington Post
Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education in the multipart unscripted documentary series.
Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me spends an academic year at Chicagoland's elite Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF), allowing its students, families, faculty and administration to tell stories of the pressures and challemnges teens face today in their own words.
Steve James directed and executive produced the 10-part documentary series via his longtime production home, Kartemquin Films. The series is executive produced by Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll (Lincoln) and Diane Weyermann (An Inconvenient Truth), and by Gordon Quinn (The Trials of Muhammad Ali), Betsy Steinberg (Edith+Eddie) and Justine Nagan (Minding the Gap) for Kartemquin FIlms.
Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), Rebecca Parrish (Radical Grace) and Kevin Shaw (The Street Stops Here) served as segment directors. John Condne (Love. Blood. Kryptonite.) served as the series producer, along with Risé Sanders-Weir (Chicago Stories). Film editors were Leslie Simmer (Raising Bertie) and David E. Simpson (Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise).
The director behind Hoop Dreams had a new series that begins tonight on Starz.
It is fantastic. https://t.co/sbpz7lHgI1
— Soraya Nadia McDonald (@SorayaMcDonald) August 26, 2018
America to Me is a worthy follow-up to Hoop Dreams: https://t.co/3UQFJfDjaO
— Slate (@Slate) August 26, 2018
The balance of probing unflinchingly and also being empathetic are so important and so difficult in documentary-making. But it’s no surprise that Steve James and the team at @Kartemquin nailed it. https://t.co/YpaHM8fRUU
— Marshall Curry (@marshallcurry) August 26, 2018
America to Me
is an extraordinary,
immersive and empathetic
documentary series premiering
tonight on @STARZ.
One of the masters
of documentary film
made it and you should
most definitely watch. https://t.co/Dkk8Aq8Ycx
— AJ Schnack (@ajschnack) August 26, 2018
The docuseries "America to Me" is a wake-up call about the liberal high school race divide https://t.co/GIvKkuA946
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 26, 2018
#AmericaToMe, a docuseries about racial inequity at Oak Park and River Forest High School, is premiering now @Starz.
Here are the 12 students featured on the series: https://t.co/y9RvX1cK5b
And the hurdles Steve James + his team faced during the project: https://t.co/Fy3z6XvQJX
— tracyswartz (@tracyswartz) August 27, 2018