documentary

Andrew Sacks

Barbers across Ypsilanti are taking an unconventional approach to combating illiteracy in the community.  89.1’s Lisa Barry spoke with filmmaker Andy Sacks, Ryan Griffin of Griff’s Unlimited Cutz, and Riley Peterson, also known as Riley the Barber, about a local program aimed at encouraging young children to read.  And now, a local filmmaker has created a documentary about the program that will be shown locally and on public TV.


Donald Harrison

Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom.  Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education.  There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.

I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."