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 didnt know how to respond.
Mass adds, I was always smarter than my freshmen, so they didnt 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 didnt want to make some Hallmark PBS movie. We wanted to get people laughing so they would connect with the issues.
But their teaching experiences werent 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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