America to Me

More than a year after receiving the green light from the District 200 school board to film inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park documentary filmmaker Steve James and Kartemquin Films seem multiple steps closer to releasing the production.

According to the industry website, Shadow and Act, James has teamed up with film production and finance company Participant Media to bring the documentary series to the public. The film will explore OPRF’s attempts to grapple with the all-American problem of racial equity, and it will be called, America to Me.

Earlier this year, James wrapped up roughly a year of documenting students and community members and entered post-production. Participant officials didn’t specify a release date. 

Diane Weyermann, Participant’s executive vice president of documentary film, is an executive producer for America to Me.

“Having collaborated with Steve many years ago, and continuing to follow his career, I have tremendous respect and admiration for him and his ability to tell powerful stories,” said Weyermann. “It is inspiring to partner with him once again on this timely series.”

“I truly believe the story of Oak Park and River Forest High School can be, in many ways, the story of race and education for young people in America today,” said James, whose other works include the iconic documentary Hoop Dreams.

Michael Romain

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