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The new issue of Cineaste is out, featuring interviews with Joaquim Pinto (What Now? Remind Me) and Andrew Rossi (Ivory Tower). Also in today's roundup of news and views: Henry K. Miller on 1963 as a watershed year for film criticism; an interview with Armond White; Michael Koresky on Terence Davies; David Bordwell looks back on the evolution of archives; Fabrice du Welz (Alleluia) revisits a moment in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon; R. Emmet Sweeney writes about Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past; Bob Fosse on All That Jazz; a trailer for a David Lynch exhibition—and more. » - David Hudson »
Andrew Rossi’s prior film, Page One: Inside the New York Times, delved into the newspaper industry while it began to teeter on the brink of collapse as the rise of blogs and social media began to take a strangle hold on physical news distribution. His latest, Ivory Tower, looks at another industry in tailspin – the higher education system. Anyone who hasn’t gotten a free ride to college in the last decade knows that the current business model in which students blindly accept loans upwards of $100,000 for college degrees which come with no guarantee of bagging a job that makes enough cash to pay that mountain of debt back. Rossi’s film is massively important in that it brings this issue to light with insightful clarity, though offers no obvious solutions. Just after the film’s premiere at Sundance earlier this year, I had the good fortune to sit »
- Jordan M. Smith
Luxury home cinema service Prima has struck a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films, bolstering the company's slate of offerings. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies The first Goldwyn titles being made available are Andrew Rossi's 2014 Sundance Film Festival documentary Ivory Tower, about the crisis in the country's higher-education system, and The German Doctor, Argentina's submission for the Oscar for best foreign language film. Participant Media partnered with Goldwyn Films on Ivory Tower, which debuted in select theaters earlier this month. It was made available to Prima subscribers late last week. Photos 19 Sequels That Outgrossed the Original Movies
- Jenna Robbins
College, in the past decade, has nearly completed the transformation from gateway to higher learning to a locus of high anxiety—and not just for students and their families or for teachers and alumni, but also for Michelle and Barack and the nation as a whole as student debt rises and public anger grows. As he did with Page One: Inside the New York Times, director Andrew Rossi visits an institution in crisis at a moment of particular disruption with a balanced, eyes-open approach and finds shards of hope. In the case of Ivory Tower, the devastation of the "college" experience has been brought about by a perfect storm. Institutions are engaged in a "building" war to better market themselves while charging increasing tuition to pay for the expansion while students are making up the difference with increasingly less forgiving loans. Traveling from New York to Massachusetts from Death Valley to Silicon Valley, »
Ivory Tower, a documentary focused on grading the value of a university education when tuition has reached unbelievable heights, is about as comprehensive and complete a 90-minute film can be about a sprawling subject, without feeling rushed or overstuffed. Director Andrew Rossi, who made 2011’s superb doc Page One: Inside the New York Times, connects the dots of many factors that led to the exorbitant prices of middling, mediocre education, and like an excellent lecture, the film provides insightful discussion, even if it does not have many easy answers.
Rossi asks most of the big questions here. Is college over-rated since students glean much of the same information from books and Wikipedia? Is schooling too expensive? After all, many middle-class students are left with mountains of loans to repay while wealthier kids can coast through without a worry. At an orientation, a parent looks directly at an advisor and asks »
- Jordan Adler
Page One: Inside the New York Times director Andrew Rossi’s damning doc Ivory Tower details how the increasingly outrageous cost of a college education — spurred by the rise of administrative salaries, lack of government support and the arms race for the best and brightest (and richest) among us — is killing the American dream and heightening the divide between the haves and have nots. Rossi’s movie isn’t covering especially new ground if you’re out in the world while reading about how it’s all falling apart. The Reagan/Friedman ideology suggesting education is a private good that ought to be paid for […] »
- Brandon Harris
When one of the talking heads in “Ivory Tower” uses the word “apocalyptic” to describe the higher education system, it at first seems like an exaggeration. But throughout its 90-minute runtime, Andrew Rossi’s documentary offers a number of frightening statistics that make the adjective seem earned. Learning that the cost of college has grown more than any other good or service since 1978 caused our jaws to drop like we were seeing a destroyed metropolis on film. Watching the multi-million-dollar student centers with pools, tanning beds and climbing walls was akin to glimpsing a zombie horde. Seeing the seven-figure salaries of university administrators made us feel like we were watching looters. “Ivory Tower” is compelling viewing, particularly if you feel close to the crisis. Authors, current and former students, faculty and business people share their thoughts on the state of the system, with some sobering statistics that punctuate the more personal moments. »
- Kimber Myers
After “Page One: Inside the New York Times,” filmmaker Andrew Rossi continues his roving inquiry into the crises and changes that have rocked America’s most respected institutions in “Ivory Tower.” Moving from the hallowed halls of the Ivy League to the rising movement of “hackademic” startups in Silicon Valley, this smartly packaged documentary offers a wide-ranging analysis of skyrocketing tuition prices (private and public), rapidly evolving social attitudes toward the value of a college degree, and the inevitable changes wrought by technological growth and economic disaster. Although stronger on breadth than focus, it’s an appropriately stimulating take on a far-from-sustainable system, likely to stir debate among education-minded professionals in theatrical and cable play, though it will be most useful — and marketable — to high schoolers weighing the cost of their future.
- Justin Chang
Title: Ivory Tower Director: Andrew Rossi While renewed calls for a national focus on income inequality, predominantly grounded in a discussion of a minimum wage hike, are met with predictable squeals of “Class warfare!” from barons of industry, perched-on-high professional capitalists and other assorted defenders of the status quo, there’s an important second front in this developing battle — one that can be seen in the emerging populism of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has made student loan debt (and the attendant profits reaped by federal government programs) one of her pillar issues. The new documentary “Ivory Tower” dives headlong into this thorny issue, not bemoaning achievement gaps or essaying the [ Read More ]
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Filmmaker Andrew Rossi pulls no punches in his provocative and engaging documentary, Ivory Tower, as he examines the state of higher education in America and reveals how leading institutions have lost their way in the struggle to remain competitive. Rossi asks if the pursuit of higher education is worth the staggering cost and if it is possible to evolve a sustainable economic model that still offers the potential for life-changing college experiences. Opening June 13th, the film profiles an impressive array of schools with different ideas and approaches including Harvard, Stanford, Arizona State, Cooper Union, Deep Springs College, Spelman College, and online education company Udacity’s pilot program at San Jose State. In an exclusive interview, Rossi spoke about what inspired him to explore this issue, how he decided which people and institutions to focus on, why he shuttled between contemporary profiles and historical context to tell the story, the »
- Sheila Roberts
AFI Docs has released its complete line-up of films for this year's festival, which will take place June 18-22 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Springs, MD. As previously announced, "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey" and "Life Itself" will open and close the festival, respectively. In addition to screening 84 films from 28 different countries, AFI Docs will honor Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney at its annual Charles Guggenheim Symposium. Excerpts from his films will be screened at the ceremony. The festival's roster of Catalyst Screenings -- which feature post-screening panel discussions with filmmakers, field experts and policymakers -- includes Andrew Rossi's higher education critique "Ivory Tower" and Brian Knappenberger's contemplative piece about the web, entitled "The Internet's Own Boy." Rory Kennedy's "Last Days In Vietnam" and Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley" -- the latter of which explores the circumstances surrounding the charges of sex abuse levied against »
- Shipra Gupta
In CNN Films' "Ivory Tower," director Andrew Rossi questions the purpose of higher education in an era when record-high college tuition doesn't necessarily yield results for graduates struggling to get on their feet. Check out the film's new trailer below. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi reveals the moment in history when the United States, long regarded as the epicenter of higher education, embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. Through interviews with Andrew Delbanco, Anya Kamenetz, and Internet education pioneer Daphne Koller, cofounder of the revolutionary online platform Coursera, 'Ivory Tower' exposes the instability of traditional college education as it searches the country for alternative forms of cost-effective learning, ranging from concepts of self-governance taught at Deep Springs College in Big Pine, California, to the unofficial hacker houses of northern California.An entry in Sundance's Us Documentary competition lineup, "Ivory »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The first Ivory Tower trailer for writer/director Andrew Rossi’s (Page One: Inside the New York Times) provocative documentary has been released online. The film examines the current state of higher education in our country, specifically focusing on the rising costs, high student loan interest rates, and overall benefit of a college education in our culture. The evolution of college in America has certainly become troubling over the past decade or so, and this trailer promises a challenging and thought-provoking look into the problem. Matt caught the film at Sundance and in his positive review praised Rossi for starting a conversation we need to be having. Hit the jump to watch the Ivory Tower trailer. The film opens in theaters on June 14th. Ivory Tower trailer via Yahoo! Movies. Here’s the official synopsis for Ivory Tower: As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes »
- Adam Chitwood
Following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the eye-opening documentary Ivory Tower is coming to theaters, and the first trailer has arrived. Director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) dives into the world of higher education, looking at alternatives to the expensive universities that many of us flock towards after high school. With student debt climbing, and the quality of schools declining as they irresponsibly spend their money on many irrelevant amenities, it's a dangerous time to clamor for more education. This is a must watch for anyone considering a college education. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Andrew Rossi's Ivory Tower from Thompson on Hollywood: Filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) reveals the moment in history when the United States, long regarded as the epicenter of higher education, embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. »
- Ethan Anderton
School might be out for summer, but this coming June, Participant Media and Samuel Goldwyn Films are adding the student debt question to the cinephile curriculum by pairing on the theatrical release for the Sundance preemed Ivory Tower. Just like the healthcare sector reform and debate, Andrew Rossi’s docu appears to be a pocket-book pinching expose that merited an up-close examination. Paramount Home Media Distribution will take care of the film’s post theatrical life.
Gist: As tuition spirals upward and student debt passes a trillion dollars, students and parents ask, “Is college worth it?” From the halls of Harvard to public and private colleges in financial crisis to education startups in Silicon Valley, an urgent portrait emerges of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Worth Noting: This is the second collaboration between Participant Media and Rossi – they previously teamed on his third docu feature, the fascinating »
- Eric Lavallee
Andrew Rossi’s film will have a June theatrical release in the U.S. through Samuel Goldwyn Films. Following the theatrical window, “Ivory Tower” will be distributed across home entertainment platforms through Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Paramount will also handle all distribution outside of the U.S.
The film focuses on the value of a college education with tuition spiraling upward and student debt passing $1 trillion.
- Dave McNary
Participant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution, and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today a collaboration to distribute CNN Films. Ivory Tower . Andrew Rossi.s critically acclaimed film about the American higher education system at a crisis point premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It will have a June 2014 U.S. theatrical release through Samuel Goldwyn Films. Participant Media, part of the team behind Rossi.s previous documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times , has a long-term commitment to focusing on the importance of education. Building on campaigns for Waiting for Superman , which Paramount Vantage released in 2010, and Teach , which aired on CBS and Pivot last fall, Participant will mount a social action »
Participant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution, and Samuel Goldwyn Films are collaborating to release CNN Films’ Ivory Tower. Director Andrew Rossi explores the Us higher education system in crisis and premiered at Sundance.
Ivory Towerwill open theatrically through Samuel Goldwyn Films in June.
Paramount Home Media Distribution will handle the subsequent home entertainment release and will distribute outside the Us.
Participant will mount a social action campaign for Ivory Tower in support of the film’s theatrical release.
Josh Braun of Submarine and Stacey Wolf of CNN negotiated on behalf of CNN Films and the producers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Sarasota Film Festival unveiled its 2014 lineup, which will include John Slattery’s God's Pocket, Charlie McDowell's The One I Love, Andrew Rossi’s Ivory Tower and Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam. Last Days of Vietnam will kick off the annual festival, which runs April 4-13, as the opening-night film. The film also will launch the festival’s Acts of Valor program, which examines the experience of American veterans from World War I to today and features an array of new, classic and archival films screening throughout the festival. Photos: Philip Seymour Hoffman on the Parts He Played The Mark Duplass-Elisabeth
- Tatiana Siegel
Virtually nothing has shot up in cost more drastically over the past half-century than college tuition, spurring a crisis in higher education that is forthrightly addressed in Ivory Tower. Produced by CNN Films for broadcast in the fall, Andrew Rossi's sobering film zeroes in on multiple causes of the problem, studies specific situations at various schools and looks at some of the alternatives, such as on-line study, that are being tried. The subject is so big that it would take a film of three hours or more to comprehensively address it but, in putting so many ideas and
- Todd McCarthy
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