Thursday, September 20, 2007

Former Teachers Make Film To Show The Funny Side Of Teaching

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A couple of former teachers are getting good grades for their mockumentary film about the hilarious ups and downs of teaching.

Teachers-turned-filmmakers Chris Mass and Mike Akel created Chalk – an indie, improv film that depicts the funny, awkward lives of high school teachers – based on some of their own personal experiences in the classroom and one shocking statistic.

Says Akel: “I had a really hard first year teaching. I had a lot of fights in my class and kids that would always talk on their cell phones, and I didn’t know how to respond.”

Mass adds, “I was always smarter than my freshmen, so they didn’t drive me too crazy, but it was still a really hard profession. We came across a stat that said 50 percent of teachers quit within the first three years and we wanted to explore that, but we didn’t want to make some Hallmark PBS movie. We wanted to get people laughing so they would connect with the issues.”

But their teaching experiences weren’t the only thing that made it into the movie.

Mass adds, “We shot in my old high school and used real students, some of which we used to teach. It was a fun atmosphere!”

Chalk, co-produced by Morgan Spurlock, comes out on DVD Tuesday (Sept. 25).

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