One of the “Top 10 Movies of 2010” - Time Magazine
“One of the year’s best films.”—Scott Bowles, USA Today
“The most important film you’ll see this year.” – Phil Boatwright, Baptist Press
Critically-Acclaimed and Groundbreaking Film Debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 15, 2011
Every Consumer Who Purchases the Blu-ray or DVD Will Be Rewarded With a $25 Credit to Donate to the Classroom Project of Their Choice at DonorsChoose.org
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 3, 2011)– Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) delivers another provocative film experience with his compelling and inspirational examination of American public education in WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Named the Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review, and cited by the American Film Institute as one of the year’s best movies, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” has launched a movement to achieve real and lasting change in the nation’s schools.
“A PROFOUND experience. This is a movie that, in a nutshell, laysthe blame for many of the failures of our education system in America right where it belongs…and this movie was something that was so impactful to me! I walked out of that theater with my head just spinning with ideas…”
-- Mike Gallagher, Host, The Mike Gallagher Show.
The film depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. A stirring, must-see clarion call that has left audiences inspired and motivated to make a difference, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” is truly “a powerful, passionate, revolution-inducing documentary” (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly).
WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” is a Paramount Pictures release of a Participant Media presentation in association with Walden Media. The film is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.
“I think that every kid, no matter where they are born or what they have been given in life, deserves a great education and a piece of the American dream. The idea of education reform becomes a lot less abstract and a lot more compelling when you see these beautiful kids and realize all their potential,” said director Davis Guggenheim. “Now there are reformers out there who are defying the odds and proving it’s entirely possible to create outstanding schools even in the most troubled neighborhoods. That’s what drove me to tell this story and to make this movie.”
“Even if you don’t have kids, you should care about public education,” said Lesley Chilcott, producer of WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”. “If we want to solve global warming, poverty, health care and the economy, we need to have an educated society. Education is ground zero for tackling all these issues.”
In addition to the inspirational film, the Blu-ray and DVD feature four additional stories of real students and teachers, commentary by Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott, a conversation with Davis Guggenheim, the making of John Legend’s original song “Shine”, which was composed specifically for the film, a look at what’s changed in education since the movie was filmed and more.
DonorsChoose.org & Get Schooled Donation Programs
As part of an effort to assist viewers in finding a way to make a difference in public schools across the country, DonorsChoose.org will give consumers a $25 credit for each WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” Blu-ray or DVD purchase that can be donated to any classroom project listed on DonorsChoose.org. This generous donation exceeds the expected retail price of the DVD. Consumers simply visit the website, select a project and then enter their unique code to make the donation.
DonorsChoose.org was created in 2000 by a teacher who sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of influence over their donations. DonorsChoose.org allows people to help fund a specific project—all of which are submitted by real teachers and carefully vetted by the DonorsChoose.org team—based on the class location, the subject of the request, the level of poverty in the region or any other criteria they choose. Once a project is fully funded by donations, DonorsChoose.org purchases the requested classroom materials and ships them directly to the school. The recipients then provide photos of the project and thank you letters to the donors.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” DVD and Blu-ray will benefit Get Schooled, an independent non-profit organization founded by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Get Schooled uses the power of media and popular culture to motivate and inspire young people, their families and teachers to improve high school graduation rates and college-going rates. It works in close partnership with principals of high-need high schools around the country. To find out more, visit www.getschooled.com.
Runtime: 111 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking
Canadian Rating: G