MY First Red Carpet Experience
|Felisa Hilbert (OK)and Gwen Samuel (CT)|
My red carpet experience was amazing from the moment I arrived. Gwen Samuel, Julie Bergin and I were the first to arrive. Later we saw our friend Melissa Bilash. The line became long and you could hear the excitement from everyone already there. It finally hit me that this was a premiere event and that I was part of a select group to preview this movie. We were escorted in where they checked the guest list and give me a pass. Surprise! The pass was also an invitation to a reception following the movie premiere. Wow! We got inside of the famous and beautiful Ziegfeld theater, got our popcorn and drinks and found a good seat. It was exciting see the producer, movie stars and other important people in education arriving. Before the movie started the producer of the movie gave an introduction.
The movie portrays Maggie Gyllenhaal, the mother of a dyslexic 3rd grade student who is struggling in school. She is trying to ensure her child has access to a quality school. No matter how much she asked for help for her daughter, she found no support available in her school system. Viola Davis portrays a teacher in a school where they seem to have lost their passion and are very discourage. These two mothers are determined to transform their failing inner schools. “Won’t Back Down” sheds light on the issues that many families, students and teachers are facing, and on how we can come together as a community for benefit of all.
I found it very refreshing to be able to talk about something that is happening in some school’s communities. This movie addresses issues that are relevant in communities’ throughout our country.
I believe this film will provoke and inspire parents and teachers to think, talk and find solutions. Such dialog is needed to make sure our students are getting the best education possible - and that we are preparing our students to be college-ready. The bottom line: this movie is not about a battle between parent and teachers. I can tell you by my experience here in the state of Oklahoma, which ranks 48th in teacher’s salaries that teachers choose to teach because of their love for the children - NOT for the money. On the other hand, parents want to be part of the process and want the best education for their children. They want to be listened to and they want to be treated with respect. Remember, you don’t need to have a teaching degree to be educated. No parent wants to see their child left behind.
|Julie B. NY, Gwen S. CT,|
Miss Viola Davis & Felisa H. OK
I believe that all children are teachable, and that all parents, teachers and administrators need to be accountable for the students in their schools and communities. I also believe that all children deserve the best education, no matter where they come from, regardless of their socio-economic status.
|Felisa Hilbert OK, Gwen Samuel CT|
with Miss Maggie Gyllenhaal
The reception was incredible, full of celebrities, great food and I was able to meet many important people in the field of education. My friends and I had fun trying to recognize movie stars and of course, I took some pictures with the actors, had the opportunity to meet the producer - and some of the people who inspired this movie.