Go Public at Arclight

May 6, 2013
SGVN/Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

SGVN/Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

May 8, 2012: 50 Filmmakers, 50 subjects, 28 schools, 1 day.

Result: GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District.

Producers James W. O’Keeffe and Dawn O’Keeffe have been working tirelessly—initially to foster interest in the project, commitment and participation, then pulling together—and coordinating—a massive team of professionals, teachers, administrators, and students. The result is pretty amazing. And it’s all about our public schools. It’s funny, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring—and real.

Thirty-two seats are left for the May 8th screening of this powerful documentary about the Pasadena School District. They’ve already sold out one theater, so Arclight has opened up one more.

Photo courtesy of Go Public Project

Photo courtesy of Go Public Project

The show will begin at 7:30 and 7:45 respectively, but the evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. in Paseo Colorado’s Garfield Plaza with the Muir High jazz ensemble and all directors, subjects, and crew arriving. Grabbing a bit from food carts provided by El Cholo, PF Chang, Mrs. Fields, and Cold Stone Creamery will provide a percentage of the sales to benefit the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the producers. Further discussion and socializing can be enjoyed afterwards in the patio at El Cholo.


Last week the GO PUBLIC Project was honored by the Association of California School Administrators as the Regional Educational Partner of the Year.

Dawn & Jim O'Keeffe

Dawn & Jim O’Keeffe

For more info on the documentary, visit

To purchase tickets ($10, the cheapest you’ll ever pay at an Arclight!), visit

Top Photo: Addison Hunter, 12, and Brian Niles, 11, of Marshall Fundamental School.





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