KLRN presents The One That Got Away community film screening

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On Tuesday, April 25, KLRN will host a community film screening at The Little Carver Civic Center, followed by a local segment featuring the Wheatley Community School. The film screening starts at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public (RSVP required). A discussion will take place after the screening where guests will learn about Wheatley Community School and how local organizations are coming together to improve educational outcomes for children and families. Snacks will be provided.

Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, New Jersey, is the anchor school for the south end in Montclair. The school is divided into houses, each of whose students keep the same core teachers from sixth through eighth grade. Tourrie Moses was a highly promising student, inquisitive, engaged, and eager to learn when he entered Glenfield in the sixth grade. Friendly and well-liked by his teachers and classmates, he was elected president of the student council by eighth grade.

But what happened to Moses -- once considered bound for a top college by his teachers -- in the ensuing years causing him to spend more time in the streets than in school? Why is Dan Gill, a teacher at Glenfield for more than 40 years, still haunted by Moses, the student he calls “the one that got away”?

Community Partners include Wheatley Community Leadership Council, Urban Strategies, SAGE (San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside), Sutton Oaks Academy, San Antonio Education Partnership, City Year, UTSA Roadrunner Readers, and Gardopia Gardens.

The one-hour special film premiere of The One That Got Away follows Gill as he reconnects with Moses, one of thousands of at-risk youths in America today. Moses is currently serving 15 years for murder in the New Jersey state prison. The film is one of three specials broadcast in fall 2016 as part of WNET’s Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, a multi-platform public media initiative providing critical programming on poverty, income equality, and opportunity.

About KLRN

KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout our community. www.klrn.org

About the Film Production

Filmed over the course of three years by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmakers John Block and Steve McCarthy, Moses’ life unfolds through interviews with the man himself, his family, teachers, and classmates, including his mother Twanda Moses; his father Shelton White; his cousin Ottis Wright; science teacher Nicole Blank; social studies and lead teacher Dan Gill; math teacher Peter von Hoffman; language arts teacher Deborah Maher; in class support teacher Tracey Wolfson; and more.

The One That Got Away is a production of Block McCarthy Films LLC. Director/Producer/Co-editor is John Block. Producer/Director of Photography is Steve McCarthy. Funding for The One That Got Away is provided by the JPB Foundation and the Ford Foundation as part of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America; and the John and Rose Cali Family Foundation; New Jersey Education Association; Silver Family Foundation, Montclair, N.J.; and others.

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