In January 2012 the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
awarded The Calhoun School an initial grant of $250,000 for Deconstructing Race, a three-part youth-based project on issues of white privilege and institutionalized racism. The initial proposal was for a documentary film, curriculum and website. The Bertha Foundation
and the Gilder Foundation have since come on board with grants towards the project, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has also added to its original grant.
|Calhoun is proud to announce the completion of the feature-length documentary film, I'm Not Racist...Am I?, successfully marking the end to the first phase of the school's three-part Deconstructing Race Initiative. |
The film, which explores issues of institutionalized racism through the eyes of 12 New York City public and private school students, wrapped in late September 2013, and is currently in postproduction. Calhoun project director David Alpert and the Point Made Film production team—led by director Catherine Wigginton Greene, producer André Robert Lee and executive producer Barb Lee—will be spending the next few months planning the film’s release. A trailer and supplementary materials about the film can be found at www.notracistmovie.com
“The ultimate objective of the film—and the overall project—is to expose the myth of color-blindness in a society that, for many, espouses a post-racial mantra,” explains David Alpert, who initiated and has been spearheading the Deconstructing Race initiative for The Calhoun School.
Point Made Films was hired by Calhoun to produce the documentary based on the company’s deep commitment to and experience with projects that look at the intersection of race, individual identity, education and community responsibility. Point Made’s last three films include Adopted, an investigation into the unforeseen complications of transracial adoption; The Prep School Negro, a poignant film that examines the experiences of African American scholarship students at the nation’s most elite schools; and In 500 Words or Less, which explores the college application process through the eyes of high schoolers.
Deconstructing Race is a three-part youth-based project that will focus on issues of white privilege and institutionalized racism. In addition to the documentary film, the project will include curriculum for students from kindergarten through twelfth grades, and an interactive website for and by students. Since receiving its first grant, the project has continued to receive additional funding, including contributions from the Bertha Foundation and the Gilder Foundation.
Numerous organizations, educators and scholars have come out in strong support of the project, including Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the National Association of Independent Schools.
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|W.K. Kellogg Foundation|
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Based in Battle Creek, Mich., WKKF engages with communities in priority places (Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans), nationally and internationally to create conditions that propel vulnerable children to realize their full potential in school, work and life. To learn more, visit
website or follow WKKF on twitter at@wk_kellogg_fdn.
|Bertha Foundation|Bertha Foundation's
mission is to create more progressive and just societies by supporting forms of activism that bring about change. The Foundation "champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision," and works with "a network of people who we believe can change the world -- activists working with storytellers and lawyers."
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