The Providence Effect
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|The Providence Effect|
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Rollin Binzer|
|Produced by||Rollin Binzer
Julie Esch Hurvis
Donald A. Johnson
|Music by||Tom Dumont
|Edited by||Richard La Porta|
Dinosaurs of the Future
|Distributed by||Slowhand Cinema Releasing|
The Providence Effect is a 2009 documentary film directed by Rollin Binzer about the transformation of Providence-St. Mel from a typical "inner city" school to a top tier institution. It had its world premier at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival in Zurich.
This documentary was made to promote discussion and interest in school reform. Tom Hurvis has been a long-time sponsor of scholarships and internships for inner city youth. The current strengths of Providence St. Mel, its curriculum, its success, and its discipline, are seen as anomalies when compared to typical inner city schools. When Hurvis discovered Providence St. Mel, he was inspired to create the documentary.
The Providence Effect is a film about Paul Adams III and the inner city Chicago school he founded and brought to prominence. Formerly a private catholic school scheduled to be closed, Providence St. Mel has become a private school with rigorous educational standards and expectations. The film documents how the school sets and encourages those goals for students.
Awards and nominations
- 2009, Official Selection, International Premier Dawn Breakers International Film Festival
- 2009, Winner, "Best Documentary". Omaha Film Festival
- 2009, Winner, "Most Inspirational Documentary", Seattle True Independent Film Festival
- 2009, Winner, "Audience Choice Best Documentary", Lake County Film Festival