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"Waiting for Superman" coming to Chattanooga

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By David Carroll

dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- "Waiting for Superman," the controversial documentary on the state of American education, will arrive in Chattanooga this Friday.

The movie is scheduled for four daily screenings at Carmike's Majestic Theater in downtown Chattanooga from November 5-11, with the possibility of additional days depending on audience response.  Daily show times are 12:30, 4:05, 7:05 and 9:45 p.m.

It premiered in September, and was the topic of a nationally televised town meeting on MSNBC during NBC's Education Nation summit.  It has received good notices from movie critics, some calling it a front-runner for various documentary awards.  Some who term themselves "education reformers" have praised the movie's content, while it has come under fire from some teachers unions for it's "attack on tenure."

In the movie, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim examines the crisis in public education in the United States through interlocking stories -- from a handful of students and their families to the educators and reformers trying to find lasting solutions.  Embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim explores innovative approaches taken by education reformers that have—by reshaping the culture—refused to leave students behind. The film is presented by Paramount Pictures, Participant Media in association with Walden Media.  The film is produced by Lesley Chilcott, with Participant's Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.

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