SXSW EDU 2024 | Emmy-Award® winning director Nick NantonLiteracy • Education • Youth • Literacy Crisis • Reading Equality
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 82 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Nick Nanton | Executive Producers: Nick Nanton, JW Dicks & Wayne Pernell | Editor: Nick Ruff | Story Producer: Katie Tschopp
From Emmy-Award® winning director Nick Nanton comes a new eye-opening documentary, THE TRUTH ABOUT READING. Literacy experts from across America, including Emily Hanford of Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong and Lacey Robinson of UnboundEd, emphasize the gravity of the illiteracy crisis and share how the implementation of science and evidence-based practices can transform lives and ensure that every child learns how to read. The documentary highlights the stories of David Chalk and John Corcoran, two men who didn’t learn how to read and write until they were adults. Following their stories gives a glimpse into the hard truth of how illiteracy and sub-literacy impede a person’s ability to truly thrive. While the film illustrates the painful reality of life for individuals impacted by illiteracy, it also reminds viewers that the issue is not one that affects just a few struggling readers, but one that affects countless children and adults and weakens the very fabric of our society. Filled with powerful emotion, a deep sense of urgency, and an overarching spirit of hope, THE TRUTH ABOUT READING brings light to a hidden crisis and compels audiences to take action to end illiteracy once and for all.