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As someone who celebrated the day the amount of student loan debt I was saddled with dipped below six figures, the subject matter of producer-director Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower truly struck a chord with me. The film questions the value of higher education in America, and shows how, over the years, attending college has grown more expensive and less beneficial. Colleges are being run like businesses: too focused on how to get more tuition-paying students in the front door and not enough on how to prepare them for post-college employment. Professors are more concerned with their own research and scholarship than they are with teaching classes. Students pay absurdly high out-of-state tuition to engage in the nonstop party lifestyle of state schools like Arizona State University but don’t get much learning out of the bargain; according to Rossi’s stats, more than half fail to graduate within the standard four years. »
- Lee Jutton
Directed by: Andrew Rossi
Written by: Andrew Rossi
Filmmaker Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower certainly brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “higher education” as audiences will get a matriculating lesson in the cost of learning and the massive debt it has impacted on the nation’s struggling students and their parents that have to flip for the enormous bill of investing in their children’s brain power. Thoroughly thought-provoking, insightful and steeped in revelation concerning the student debt crisis Ivory Tower cleverly investigates the country’s spiraling financial burdens of obtaining a college education. The questions remains: is the ultimate price of undertaking an expensive collegiate learning experience worth tip toeing in bankruptcy’s backdoor?
The talking heads that make up the presentation in Ivory Tower consists of the various academics including college »
- Frank Ochieng
Deutchman leaves his gig as Director of Acquisitions at Paramount Home Media Distribution, which imported him in July 2013 from New York's VOD-oriented IFC Films to join their revamped homevideo division under Senior Marketing and Acquisitions VP Syrinthia Studer. Deutchman is to the independent film industry born: his father is Columbia University film professor and Emerging Cinema partner Ira Deutchman. “I’m proud to welcome Jeff to our team,” said Bill Lee, CEO of Millennium Entertainment. “His vast knowledge of film and his understanding of multi-platform strategies will be a huge asset to the organization as we continue to evolve and grow.” While at Paramount, Deutchman acquired indie films for the distributor’s home entertainment slate, including Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood," William H. Macy’s "Rudderless," Joe Swanberg’s "Happy Christmas" and Andrew Rossi’s "Ivory Tower." He also oversaw custom release »
- Anne Thompson
CNN is “open” to the idea of airing scripted movies under its CNN Films banner, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said on Monday.
Zucker made his remarks at a lunch in Los Angeles promoting upcoming CNN Films documentaries, which he called one of the three foundational components of the network’s lineup, along with breaking news and the regular series that have become an increasing part of its mix.
The CNN chief stressed that there were no imminent plans to order scripted movies, and acknowledged that “some people would find it odd” to see such fare on the news network. Still, he said in response to a question, “I would not be opposed to that.”
CNN would hardly be the first network to bend its format to accommodate scripted fare. History, for example, broke from its niche first with unscripted series and eventually with miniseries, movies and even scripted dramatic series, »
- Brian Lowry
Each year, lots of quality documentaries arrive at the Sundance Film Festival, but many don't get the love they need after the festivities in Park City come to a close. One such movie is "Ivory Tower." But today we've got a chance for you to own the film that caught our eye at the beginning of the year. Directed by Andrew Rossi, the doc investigates the rising cost of a college education that has created massive student debt, all while graduates struggle to find employment in their field. It's a complex subject, but as our review notes, this is "compelling viewing, particularly if you feel close to the crisis" that faces many leaving high school and seeking higher education. It's an intriguing topic, and we've got some Blu-ray copies of "Ivory Tower" for a few lucky readers. How can you grab one? Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: »
- Edward Davis
Is college worth the cost? That's the question at the core of Ivory Tower, a Sundance Film Festival selection documentary by filmmaker Andrew Rossi that explores the costly tuition and exhorbitant spending at college institutions, as well as the growing debt graduates are weighed down by and difficulty in using their degrees to find employment.
Ivory Tower is making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on September 30, and we've teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers a chance to score a copy of the Blu-ray version in this contest. For a chance to win Ivory Tower on Blu-ray, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. »
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
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