The Providence Effect

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The Providence Effect
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Promotional film poster
Directed by Rollin Binzer
Produced by Rollin Binzer
Joey Dedio
Julie Esch Hurvis
Tom Hurvis
Donald A. Johnson
Music by Tom Dumont
Ted Matson
Cinematography Robert Tutman
Edited by Richard La Porta
Dinosaurs of the Future
Distributed by Slowhand Cinema Releasing
Release date
  • February 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1][2]

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