Warriors of Education: A Documentary Short About Teachers by a Teacher
Warriors of Education is a documentary short film profiling teachers in the NYC area. It centers around support and supply. Teachers are the support for their students and supply them with not only knowledge but the materials to learn. The question is: Who is supporting the teachers? Warriors features teachers of various backgrounds and teaching environments to explore this question.
KAREN SARAH WATSON(WRITER/PERFORMER/CO-PRODUCER)
Karen Sklaire is an actress, comedienne and has been a theater teacher for the New York City Department of Education for the last 14 years. She has toured the country with Theatreworks/USA and has been featured Off-Broadway at The Promenade Theatre, Town Hall, and The Soho Playhouse as well as featured in the premiere of Orson Welles Too Much Johnson at The Film Forum. She has performed standup comedy in clubs throughout NYC and hosted such comedians as Judah Freidlander( 30 Rock) and Colin Quinn as well as touring with comedian Rob Bartlett and the Bartletts. She appeared on Saturday Night Live, In the Mix and on The Imus in the Morning show. Karen wrote and performed her solo show Ripple of Hope: One Teacher’s Journey to Make an Impact directed by Award winning director Padraic Lillis which was named one of Best of Fringe*, and Best Performance* at The Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC (*DC Metro). Ripple of Hope premiered in a sold out run at The New York International Fringe Festival where it was named Best of Fringe*(Broadway Blog). It also won the best of the festival and audience favorite at the Flying Solo Festival at the Secret Theater in Long Island City. In addition to being a full time drama teacher Karen was the NYC coordinator of programming for The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization and created a theater lesson for the worldwide curriculum. She has presented her workshops at colleges, teacher trainings throughout the country as well as festivals (Stage the Change 2017, Northeast Thespian Festival). She created the first Speak Truth to Power summer theater camp which merged human rights education and theater. Karen is the recipient of the 2015 Robert F Kennedy Human Rights award for her work in theater and human rights. Her play “Lalantosed” was featured in the #metooTheatreWomen Festival recently.A screenplay is in development based on Ripple of Hope.
KIMBERLY DILLON (CO-PRODUCER/PRODUCTION MANAGER)
Kimberly Dillon is a New York City based Actress and Producer. She is the founder of Squarecircle Productions. Through this company, Kim self-produced site-specific performances of “Savage in Limbo” by John Patrick Shanley at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan’s lower east side. As an independent producer, Kim has worked with Ari Rossen on the short film “Sound Vision,” and Erich McMillan-McCall for the live reading/performance of Project One Voice’s “Four Little Girls” in NYC, to name a few.
Kim recently performed a selection from her one woman show in development “Tape Stories: One Woman’s Drive to Refuel” at a fundraiser for Hope Salas’s production of “Hope.” She’s also acted in two short films that shot earlier this year. “Triceratops” as a Mom dealing with her husband’s infidelity and abandonment, and “Hair Trigger,” as a Mother desperately trying to cope with her daughter’s school trauma.
Kim is currently in development for her first short film “One Day,” with a planned shoot Spring/Summer of 2019.
Kim is originally from Ohio and graduated with a BA from Ohio Northern University. Additional training includes acting performance at Queen Margaret College (Edinburgh, Scotland), Molly Pearson’s Leap Workshops for Producing, among others. She lives in the city with her husband and dog, Romy.
More information at: kimberlydillon.net & squarecircleproductions.net
RACHEL LATTIN (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Rachel Lattin is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for environmental and social issues. Her films have brought her across the U.S. and Europe to highlight a diverse range of topics, from the foster care system in Los Angeles to sheep farming in rural Ireland.
Rachel was nominated for the American Society of Cinematography’s Student Documentary Award for her work on Monumental (2018) and was a semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards with her film She Who Questions (2017). Rachel received a B.F.A. in News and Documentary from Chapman University. Her thesis film, Blossom (2018), won Best Documentary at the Child Welfare Film Festival.