Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Most Likely to Succeed

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 86 minutes

Most Likely to Succeed
Most Likely to Succeed
Most Likely to Succeed
Most Likely to Succeed

The current model for the educational system in America has been in place since 1892, when educators standardized classrooms — based on age, subject, and expected ability — across the country. In this model, the key to academic success, measured primarily through test scores, has been retaining information. Yet, the rise in unemployment among recent college graduates is one indication that this standardized system no longer works. Filmmaker Greg Whiteley examines this modern dilemma and one potential solution in MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. Over the course of an academic year, Whiteley observes the alternative educational methods practiced at High Tech High in San Diego, California. Instead of demanding rote memorization, teachers encourage students to develop “soft skills,” such as confidence, collaboration, and creativity. And the results are impressive. Featuring interviews with Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, educator Salman Kahn, and Google executive Laszlo Bock, among others, Whiteley’s documentary provides a compelling case for treating students more like people and less like the sum of their test scores. – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:15 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Family Films

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Greg Whiteley

Greg Whiteley received an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He founded the Los Angeles-based production company One Potato Productions in 2004. His film "Resolved" earned the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2007 and two Emmy® nominations in 2009.

"New York Doll" (2005), "Resolved" (2007), "Mitt" (2014), MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED (2015)

Adam Leibowitz

Gabriel Patay

Adam Ridley

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