IFP Screen Forward Presents Screenings and Special Events for Approaching the Elephant
Theatrical Premiere – February 20th – 27th Made in NY Media Center by IFP – DUMBO, Brooklyn
Amanda Rose Wilder’s acclaimed feature debut dives head first into the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – adults and children have equal say. Wilder is there from the beginning to end of the school year, documenting and observing Alex Khost and an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. Evoking the immersive nonfiction styles of Frederick Wiseman and Allen King, Approaching the Elephant is a rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood.
World Premiere – True/False Film Festival, 2014 Nominated for 2015 Cinema Eye Honor, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film Nominated for 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award, Truer Than Fiction Award
“Constructed less as an overtly political work than one of immersive experience, and evokes fictional dystopias such as Lord of the Flies as much as it does Pennebaker or Maysles docs…[one] of the best films I’ll see all year.” – Eric Hynes, Moving Image Source
Watch the Trailer for Approaching the Elephant
(*Please Note: All Tickets Must Be Purchased Online*)
Friday, February 20th 7:30pm
Followed by a Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder and Teddy McArdle Free School founder Alex Khost, moderated by Eric Hynes
SATURDAY, February 21st 2pm, 4:30pm
After the 4:30pm screening, we’ll have a Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder, Alex Khost, and Lucy, one of the students of the inaugural Teddy McArdle class, moderated Omar Mullick (co-director of These Birds Walk)
SUNDAY, February 22nd 2pm Followed by a very special Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder and Teddy McArdle Free School founder Alex Khost, and (via Skype!) the students and staff of Summerhill, the oldest free school, which will be treated a simultaneous screening of the film.
MONDAY, February 23rd 2pm, 7:30pm
Our 7:30pm screeneing will be followed by a Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder
TUESDAY, February 24th 7:30pm
Followed by a Q&A with first time documentary feature filmmakers Amanda Rose Wilder (Approaching the Elephant), Darius Clark Monroe (Evolution of a Criminal), Yuki Kokubo (Kasamayaki) and David Thorpe (Do I Sound Gay?).
WEDNESDAY, February 25th 2pm, 8:15pm
Our 8:15pm screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder, Teddy McArdle Free School founder Alex Khost along with Roger Hart (co-director of Children’s Environments Research Group) and Abby Oulton (Manhattan’s Agile Learning Center)
THURSDAY, February 26th 7:30pm
Followed by a Q&A with director Amanda Rose Wilder and Teddy McArdle Free School founder Alex Khost
ALC represented in the Q&A Wednesday!