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The New Public

Monday, April 14, 2014
Film Screening @ 7PM
Doors Open @ 6:30PM

Meet the filmmakers reception following movie

University of North Georgia | Gainesville - Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building

Tickets: $7 Adult, $5 Students;
$5 Seniors (65+)


The Arts Council, Inc. and The University of North Georgia present the independent feature film "The New Public" with Director and Producer Jyllian Gunther as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The University of North Georgia | Gainesville - Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building on Monday, April 14, 2014. Ticket price includes the movie and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.

Run time: 87 minutes


Public high schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, have a third of residents living below the poverty line and the graduation rate is only 40%. With infectious optimism, O’Brien and his staff of eight undertake a new and unconventional approach–emphasizing strong individual support and arts-based nontraditional instruction. Initially, the buzz from the community was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arise when old realities surfaced. Filmed over four years, The New Public goes in and out of the classroom to follow the journey of students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality and make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

It's bigger than school.




"Setting aside political debates over school funding and philosophy to examine one school’s real world experience, The New a fine addition to the larger conversation and has theatrical appeal."

“...A personal look into the lives of a handful of...instantly likable characters. You leave the film with an appreciation of the immense challenges faced by inner-city educators. The New Public doesn’t provide and answer, but it looks at how one imperfect solution has succeeded and failed in the face of impossible odds.”

"A powerful and important film, [The New Public] uniquely documents the reality of urban schools...without reifying stereotypical images of urban education. It is both a well-crafted and emotionally gripping American story and an invaluable learning tool for potential and practicing educators everywhere."



Jyllian Gunther - The New PublicJyllian Gunther (Director/ Producer/DP) is an Emmy award winning writer, producer, and director. Her critically acclaimed first documentary, Pullout, was an official selection at numerous festivals. She won an Emmy for the PBS educational PSA series, One Way. Also for PBS, she directed and produced a series of mini documentaries for the series Design Squad, and was director on multiple episodes of their Emmy award winning series Postcards From Buster. For NPR’s This American Life, she was reporter/co-producer on the episode ‘Kid Politics.’ Other TV credits include: TLC’s Four Houses, MTV’s MADE, The N’s Love High (an original pilot), TCM/ITV’s Meet the In-Laws, TLC/New York Times television’s Bodyworks. She has also worked for the past 15 years as a freelance producer/writer for WEtv, AMC, IFC Nickelodeon, Oxygen, The N, and more. She began as a staff writer for Nickelodeon. Previously, she worked as a public and private school educator and runs the production company Wonderful6, Inc.


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The opinions expressed in this film do not necessarily reflect the views of The Arts Council or The University of North Georgia.

The Southern Circuit Tour of independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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