Our primary goal for social impact is to present the notion of “everyday democracy” to audiences so that they may apply a more personal form of democracy to their everyday lives and environment. To do so, we will create a custom website for “Free School” that offers field guides for “everyday democracy”, inspired by techniques learned in the making of “Free School”. Can we think of democracy not as a bureaucratic system, but as an interpersonal tool?
Our secondary goal for social impact is to adapt the short story cycle format for the Internet Age, so that it may inspire visual journalists with a new format for telling a story about a whole community, as opposed to singular perspectives that can lead to competing or incomplete narratives. In this way, the project presents a scalable opportunity to evolve visual journalism online in service of the increasingly interconnected communities and intersectional issues of our time.
“Free School” is a film for educators, K-12 parents, artists, social scientists, journalists, and politicians. In varying degrees, these are people who have vested interests in the philosophy of education, American youth culture, democracy in its everyday forms, and their own struggle with freedom in larger society. This must also include people who disagree with the education style of Brooklyn Free School, or even the liberalism of its students, yet nevertheless are bound by the same principles of democracy, education, and youth explored in the film. Personally, these are adults who also feel fatigued or overwhelmed by the current political news of the day, yet still hang on to a sense of responsibility. To protect and rejuvenate that sense, “Free School” serves as an arguably more accessible perspective into democracy, that is, from the perspective of kids who we ourselves might have been, or in some ways, still are.