Film: Blackboard Bubble Screening and Q&A at Calhoun School

by NYC Firm Schools on April 26, 2010

Blackboard Bubble, a documentary by Jeff Deutchman (Calhoun and Riverdale alum), explores the subculture of NYC educators, asking teachers why they chose to teach at Firm Schools rather than public schools, how they think the crisis in public education might be fixed, and whether private school teachers are part of the problem or part of the solution. Film appearances include current and former teachers and administrators from Calhoun (Loretta Ryan, Sarah Tarrant), Collegiate, Dalton, Fieldston, Horace Mann, PS 70, Scarsdale High School, and Riverdale (Charity Hume, Achla Eccles, Larry Colan, Stephen Kolman, Bill Pahlka, John Wellington, John Johnson, Thomas Gatch, Derek Smith, Michael Michelson, Jenny Eskin, Julie Choi, Scott Ettinger, Louisa Gralla, and Joel Doerfler).

The screening is being held on Thurs., April 29, 6:30pm, at the Calhoun School, 433 West End Avenue @ 81st. Street. Following the screening there will be a discussion with the filmmaker and a panel of teachers including Michael Michelson, Riverdale Country Day; Richard Somma, Horace Mann; and Maggie Favretti, Scarsdale High School.

The event is sponsored by Calhoun School & Society Progressive Education Conversations. Admission is free with reservation. For reservations, please visit

Jeff Deutchman, who attended Calhoun and Riverdale Country School, is an acquisitions manager at IFC Films. Blackboard Bubble was shot while he was still attending Northwestern University as an undergraduate film major. More recently, he completed a feature documentary, 11/4/08, which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and then showed at the Sarasota Film Festival. This documentary, a collection of footage from the election of Barack Obama, looks at how people choose to live through “history.” Here is that trailer:

11/4/08 trailer from Jeff Deutchman on Vimeo.

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