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Summer Uptown event for TECH Freire features student-made film

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The premiere of Richard Hoffmann’s film North Broad Revival will take place Monday June 18, at Summer Uptown, a “student maker” faire highlighting the work of students at TECH Freire Charter High School.

North Broad Revival is a short documentary including cameos from Bart Blatstein, Sandra Houghton, Sam Katz, Pat O’Connor, and Dr. Aaron Smith.

Summer Uptown, which raises money for arts and tech education for students in Philadelphia and Wilmington, lasts from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm. North Broad Revival will be shown twice, at 5:30 and 6:15. At 7:00.

A filmmaker, Hoffmann became a teacher in January year at TECH Freire through Picture Equality. Freire Schools Founder and CEO Kelly Davenport describes Picture Equality as a program where “kids are filmmakers and they are embedded with real filmmakers.”

Picture Equality, under which North Broad Revival was made, is one of the many technology programs Freire Schools offers. Hoffmann emphasizes that bringing “kids into the real heart of the issue rather than talking to them all day brings dignity to what they’re doing and changes the way they see themselves.”

Tickets to the event are $75 for adults and $50 for children.

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