Go Public

Director: James W. O’Keeffe
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes

Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown. On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. Go Public is important because there is a national crisis of confidence surrounding public education. This film gives audiences a chance to actually see and hear the people living the public school experience.

Winner Best Documentary at the Catalina Film Festival
Burbank International Film Festival – Winner of President’s Innovation Award
Official Selection for Best Documentary by Edutopia and Winner for Best Editing
Partners in Education Award from the Association of California School Administrators