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My Name is Padro Makes it To The Virtual Cinema

My Name is Padro Makes it To The Virtual Cinema

“A complex and engaging portrait of a man who inspired thousands.”

Lillian LaSalle’ made her directorial debut, My Name is Padro, now playing in virtual cinemas! This means you can watch it from home from your computer, smartphone or TV (AppleTV & Roku App) while supporting independent theaters! Click the link below to get tickets.
NOW PLAYING:
Maysles Cinema (NYC)

COMING SOON:
Laemmle Theaters (Los Angeles) on 10/2
Followed by a nationwide expansion!

With education at the forefront of public discourse and teachers facing unprecedented challenges, there couldn’t be a better time for Pedro’s story to get out there in the world.

This film explores what public education meant to South Bronx Latino maverick educator, Pedro Santana, and what he, in turn, meant to public education. Infectious in his optimism, Santana becomes one of the most influential public school teachers and then administrators in the New York public school system after turning his troubled Bronx middle school, MS 391, around. He is unapologetic in his commitment to create change for kids, no matter the odds. When a glowing front page New York Times article catapults him into the spotlight, he is recruited and then accepts a promotion to use his famed ‘out of the box’ and transformative practices to save a corrupt and divided suburban school district.

But the political challenges there may simply be too great, even for the infallible Santana. In order to continue his life’s mission that ‘every kid can learn’, (he himself was labeled ‘special ed’ as a child), he realizes that he must venture beyond not only the restrictive ‘four walls’ of the public education system, but also his own neighborhood, city and even his own country. This is a profound story of how one person actualizes learning and positive change in children, adults, environments and communities through an ‘impact’ ripple effect strategy that he has effortlessly perfected. ‘My Name Is Pedro’ is an essential and timely reminder of the importance of great educators that exist within the infrastructure of our country’s public education system.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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