If You Build It, Wordplay, and I.O.U.S.A. are discussed with documentary director Patrick Creadon. With trailers and footage from the inspiring and informative documentaries, our conversation with Headon spans education, national debt, creativity, and filmmaking, in a comprehensive and uncensored full length BYOD, hosted by Ondi Timoner.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Patrick Creadon made his documentary feature-length directorial debut with WORDPLAY which was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to become one of the top 25 highest grossing documentaries of all time His follow-up film I.O.U.S.A., a non-partisan examination of America’s national debt, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and was shortlisted for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards. IF YOU BUILD IT is Creadon’s third feature-length documentary and follows a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms where students design & build to transform their hometown community. IF YOU BUILD IT opens in theaters on January 10th at IFC Center in New York City and on January 24th at the Landmark Nuart in Los Angeles.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
01:30 Introducing Patrick Creadon.
04:00 Discussion of I.O.U.S.A.
08:00 I.O.U.S.A.: An overview of American economic policy and national debt.
11:50 The current state of our national debt and how the problem is getting worse.
15:00 Building things in the physical world vs. the virtual world.
20:50 The idea of a design and build curriculum in schools vs. an online classroom.
22:00 If You Build It: Online education vs. a more interactive curriculum.
26:30 Creadon’s advice to young filmmakers and funding vs. storytelling.
32:00 The challenges and rewards of documentary filmmaking vs. narrative filmmaking.
37:20 Testing the theories behind alternative education.
41:20 If You Build It: Changing lives in the town of Windsor, NC.
45:50 If You Build It: Students experiment with building coops.
50:00 Creadon explains the six steps of design.
57:40 Thanks and goodbye.
58:00 Wordplay: Clinton, Dole and The New York Times crossword puzzle.