WFS second thoughts

Thanks to blogger Fred Klonsky for sharing this recent tweet from Roger Ebert:

“Why maybe “Waiting for Superman” wasn’t all that it seemed. If I’d known, my review would have been different.”

Too bad Roger didn’t pay attention to the e-mail detailing some of the many problems with WFS. which I sent him two weeks before he wrote that review.

I was hoping he would do better than just repeat the Gates-funded PR campaign talking points on the movie, since he had cut right to the bone in his review of “The Providence Effect” the previous year. In that review, he questioned why filmmakers didn’t ask key questions about the private school’s enrollment process, among other issues.

Well, better late than never.

Like Kryptonite to You-Know-Who

Leave it to the Hollywood Reporter to dish the real dirt on why WFS was passed over for an Oscar nomination:

Davis Guggenheim’s doc about poor kids and charter schools got 11 major film award nominations and won four, including the National Board of Review and Sundance Audience Prize. Most pundits thought it a shoo-in. He won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, and had major help from Bill Gates, Oprah and Obama.

Why it happened: Guggenheim’s big backers may have actually irked independent-minded Academy members. Worse, his teacher’s union-bashing film was embraced by conservatives, one of whom said his Oscar snub is “the price a political apostate pays in Hollywood for straying off the liberal plantation.” Education expert Diane Ravitch trashed it as inaccurate. A more dispassionate expert says, “The first response to the movie was that it’s about poor black kids, and it’s from the Gore guy, so it must be liberal and good-hearted. And then Ravitch and others portrayed it as basically right-wing propaganda, which unsettled the liberal members of the Academy. I don’t think the movie is as reactionary as Ravitch portrayed it, but I also don’t think it’s very good.” An Oscar doc voter agrees. “It was a great deal of hype. I felt like I’d seen the story before.”  “It also tanked at the box office, relative to what was spent on promoting it,” adds the education expert. “The true unforgivable sin in Hollywood!”

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.