At a time when there is too little celebration of great teachers making great strides, a new documentary is being launched next week to do just that and more. Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality is the Answer is a heartfelt glimpse at what it takes to be a high performing teacher in a community where poverty and violence prevail. What makes the film even more special is that the featured teachers are right here in Arizona.

The film, produced by Arizona-based Randy Murray Productions, tells the story of 20 educators at The Mitchell School in Phoenix who were inspired by one of their own to take the challenge of the rigorous, self-directed professional development of National Board Certification and Take One! Recognizing what a powerful professional development opportunity this was, the school’s administration, the Isaac District Office and the Arizona K12 Center all rallied to support this exceptional endeavor. From this, the Mitchell 20 emerged!

Co-director Randy Murray says the film takes you into the struggles facing teachers today, “We thought this film was going to be a heart-warming story of teachers working to improve their craft. What our cameras captured was the reality of teachers taking on one of the greatest challenges of today…preparing our children for the future.”

Mitchell 20 will be playing for a limited time in theatres around the country, including at Phoenix’s AMC Arizona Center from October 14 – 20 (Find showtimes for locations around the country at the bottom of this post). If enough patrons show up for the initial run, it is more likely to run on more screens, including other theatres across Arizona. You may also host a private screening or event for your organization (click here for details). 50% of all profits from the film and soundtrack go to a scholarship fund for teachers in high needs communities.

Please watch the trailer below, find Mitchell 20 on Facebook and Twitter, and make plans with your friends to go see the film and learn more about 20 Arizona educators who expect more and do more for themselves and their students.

Mitchell 20 will be playing:

October 14 -20: Phoenix at AMC Arizona Center
October 21-27: Tacoma/Seattle at AMC Southcenter
October 21-27: Los Angeles at AMC Covina 30
October 21-23 daily at 7pm: Denver at AMC Cherry Creek 8
November 4-10: New York at AMC Empire 25
November 5-6 daily at 7:30pm: Miami at AMC Aventura 24