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Ostrow negotiates critically acclaimed new film, The Experiment, to STARZ IN BLACK
Producers Representatives Ostrow and Company announced today that the Starz Entertainment’s STARZ IN BLACK channel will be home to one of the year’s most controversial films after sealing a deal with Beverly Hills based producers rep, Page Ostrow.
The 90-minute feature documentary The Experiment has already ignited a firestorm of online and on-air debate after just a handful of screenings for select audiences. Now Starz is getting in on the action.
The Independent Weekly writes, “Similar in tone and presentation to… Waiting for Superman — and as professionally produced and packaged - The Experiment takes a critical and often tender look at the movement in New Orleans.
After capturing 300 hours of footage, Ostrow’s star client, Director/Producer Ben Lemoine gives a penetrating look inside the lives of five children thrust into the most radical overhaul of a school system ever attempted and serves as an example to the rest of the country. It’s a movement that will change their lives forever, and it all happened because of the worst natural disaster in American history.
“I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina. That education system was a disaster,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
When the storm destroyed most of the city’s schools, private companies took almost full control of public schools - and the tax dollars that came with them. Today, most are run by charter organizations. In New Orleans, education has become a business that has spawned a fierce battle over power and money. The outcome could transform schools everywhere.
Many call this experiment “the model for education reform worldwide,” but opponents consider it the dismantling of democracy in America. “There is no doubt this is the single largest experiment in educational privatization that has ever been done,” says education policy researcher Kenneth Saltman. “And it’s going to be held up as the litmus test and the basis for education policy everywhere.”
During the two-year production of The Experiment, Lemoine questioned some of the country’s most powerful players in education while analyzing the political and social implications of this “Renaissance” of reform. The film’s contributors include James Carville, Arne Duncan, Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Diane Ravitch, Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, Historian Douglas Brinkley and others.