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My Name is Pedro Directed
Lillian LaSalle USA / 2017 / 97 minutes World Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Lillian LaSalle, Jonathan Clasberry, Mark Demolar, Monica Cohen, Jillian Sczesnak, Mary Manhardt
Who was your most inspirational teacher? For thousands of students in the Bronx and elsewhere, that teacher is a man named Pedro Santana. Yes, we've seen inspiring documentaries about the failings of our public education system before. Yes, we've seen stories of inspirational educators who bravely try to change the system. But if you don't know Pedro.....well, you don't know jack! Pedro may just be the definition of an iconoclast. In a story as uplifting as it is troubling, he is a man who throws a very wide shadow. This brilliant documentary might at first seem like déjà vu, before the story zigs and zags in ways that will leave you thinking..."OMG, didn't see that coming." Wonderfully human, yet epically important, My Name Is Pedro will challenge your notion of what it means to be "Fiercely Independent" as it brings into focus how seriously in jeopardy our country's education system is. — Jeff Morris
First time director, Lillian LaSalle, is the recipient of the 2016 Peabody Futures of Media Award for producing the web-series, Halal in The Family, which garnered widespread media attention by taking on Islamophobia through the use of comedy and parody. The web series received over 580 Million Media impressions.
LaSalle's producing credits include, Today's Special, Loggerheads (Sundance) and (Independent Spirit Award). LaSalle's follow up documentary, Three Brothers, will be a personal exploration into her own family, and specifically mental illness.
LaSalle is the President of Sweet 180 Management and Production. Sweet 180 represents award winning actors, writers, directors and composers and produces feature films and television properties.
LaSalle is an honors graduate of the High School of Performing Arts theatre program and an honors graduate of the music conservatory at The State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied classical guitar.
Executive Producer(s): Michael Fowler
Producer(s): Lillian LaSalle, Jonathan Clasberry
Director(s): Lillian LaSalle
Editor(s): Mary Manhardt, Mark Demolar
Animator(s): Antony Barkworth-Knight
Other Credits: co-producers: Mark Demolar, Monica Cohen
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