From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. Director Patrick Creadon joins us for a conversation on the universal power of creativity.
“Honest and engrossing . . . shows how ingenuity and spark can restore excitement in education.” – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“A heartening story about the power of design!”– SLATE
“Well crafted and unexpectedly moving … [Patrick] Creadon is shaping up to be an unpredictable yet dependently intelligent documentarian.” – VARIETY
“The film’s charm is in watching these unlikely kids, quietly dream up big ideas, gaining confidence in their newfound abilities every step of the way.” – INDIEWIRE