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Currently Under Broadcast Review By Public Television

ROBBIE LEPPZER - Director, Producer, Interviewer, Videographer, Editor,
and Sound Recordist

        For many years, America has faced a crisis in urban education. Too many urban schools suffer from low test scores, unsafe environments, and high dropout rates. The stark achievement gap between public schools in U.S. cities and those in affluent suburbs is perhaps the leading civil rights issue of our time, with the fate of millions of children determined simply by where they live.

        With opening narration by actress Sarah Jones, this documentary presents an inside look at three high-performing urban charter schools in the Boston area that serve mostly low-income, Black and Latino students, many of whom are several grade levels behind academically when they enroll. These schools set records for achievement and send the vast majority of their students on to college. Through interviews with students, teachers, and school leaders, as well as scenes depicting daily life inside the classroom and at school-wide events, BEATING THE ODDS presents an engaging examination of what makes these schools successful. Full program running time: 58 minutes. Filmed in HD.

About The Filmmaker

        Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning independent documentary videographer, director/producer, and editor with thirty years experience producing over thirty independent film, video, and public radio documentaries for national and international distribution. His critically acclaimed works about contemporary social issues and multicultural themes have been broadcast globally by CNN International and broadcast nationally in the United States and Canada by PBS, CNN, Cinemax, Sundance Channel, HDNet, Black Entertainment Television, The Learning Channel, Link TV, Free Speech TV, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  

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