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Why You Should Support “The Department of…Ed”
Former Brooklyn high school teacher turned filmmaker, Sabrina Thompson, is just three days away from the conclusion of her crowd sourcing campaign for her new web (turning TV) series The Department of…Ed and she needs your help to cross the finish line victoriously. As the runner-up of the Emmy award-winning TV show, SURVIVOR on CBS and co-founder of the non-profit, WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network) based in NYC, Thompson combines all of her wild adventures and creativity as a teacher, storyteller and risk taker to create this series about the untold life of teachers. The actors in this project range from first time actors to experienced actors who are regulars on primetime shows on NBC and ABC.
The Department of…Ed is about teachers at Centennial High in Brooklyn, New York who have a bet that the newest addition to their staff, first year teacher Lucas Edwards, will quit within the first few months of school. The overzealous vice principal, Dr. Lucien Brevil, selects veteran teacher, Ed Goodman, to be Edwards’ mentor. The duo are polar opposites and end up in ridiculous situations involving rowdy students, absurd parents and demanding administrators. Unlike most shows that highlight teachers saving the day, The Department of…Ed focuses on the fact that all teachers need saving at some point in one way or another.
MEET THE DIRECTOR from The Department of…Ed on Vimeo.
Check out Sabrina’s top 5 reasons why you should support the project’s Indiegogo campaign today and tell a friend to tell a friend:
1. You. Will. Laugh.
Everybody likes to laugh! The Department of…Ed is a different and honest look into the most thankless occupation in America that makes you root for the underdog. It’s wickedly funny and is created, written and produced by the underdogs, themselves…current and/or former teachers.
2. Entertainment that Educates!
Your funds will help create a show that gives back to underserved classrooms. According to the Secretary of Education, 82% of schools in the United States are failing and many do not have adequate learning materials and resources. After each episode, The Department of…Ed and the viewer audience will choose which deserving teachers and classrooms will get classroom resources and donated technology.
3. A Victory for Small Businesses.
Your funds will help create a show that highlights small businesses around the country. Show executives and community outreach producers from The Department of…Ed taps into a portal of small businesses who desire to partner with local schools to donate supplies and healthy snacks year round. In turn, the small businesses are profiled on our social media networks and website.
4. Distribution, distribution, distribution.
Your funds will help create the first season of The Department of…Ed that will be shopped to major networks and distribution digital platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more. This means a larger platform to provide America with comedy and ways to empower the community.
5. Diversity in front of and behind the camera.
Your funds support the vision of a Black woman filmmaker who ensures her production team and cast is full of talented women and people of color.
Ready to learn more about this project and make your donation to The Department of…Ed? Click here to make it happen!