Saturday 15th Mar 2014
at SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109
Put on by SIFF, ARCADE
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Join SIFF and ARCADE for this screening of If You Build It, an inspiring film documenting Project H's work with students in rural North Carolina.

In December, ARCADE hosted a workshop that was inspired by Project H: "Think It. Make It. Build It." After the screening, designer facilitators from the workshop will host a post-film discussion about their weekend spent guiding Seattle-area middle and high school students through the design of a Little Free Library kit.

Designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller run this compelling program in rural Bertie county, the poorest in North Carolina. They lead their students through a full-scale design program that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows thirteen teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible. From Patrick Creadon, the director of Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., comes this vision of a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.

"Celebrates the flinty spirit that spurs problem solving and creativity (sometimes at the same time) with people not dedicated to a cause, but to people. It's an important distinction, but one that shines through this warm documentary, reminding us of the wonders that can be accomplished simply by rolling up your sleeves and getting to work." - Kevin Jagernauth, Indiewire

"Not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"A bracing, quietly exhilarating documentary...Gracefully threads viewers through a story that commences with bright-eyed optimism, then inevitably runs afoul of entrenched local bureaucracies. But it's impossible to leave If You Build It feeling depressed, largely because of the young people themselves." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Can't make it to this screening? See additional show times here.

Valerie Green is a consultant specializing in research and strategy to inform new products, service and experiences. She also works with companies to set up efficient processes and systems to support team performance and provide strong structures for growth.

Kristine Johnson, co-founder of Cognition Studio, works with leading research, biomedical, biotech and pharma companies, among many others. What makes all unique is their focus on human health, science and innovation. They live in the world of discovery, seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Kristine also serves on the leadership team of the AIGA Link Program, which connects Seattle area high school students with creative professionals.