Film News: Lake Forest Academy’s ‘Global Generation’ Doc to Premiere on Oct. 22, 2018

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CHICAGO – Lake Forest Academy, in the Chicagoland suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois, has made it policy to expand their educational philosophy, developing a high school curriculum centered on global citizenry. Two documentary producers – Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall – has created a documentary about the Academy’s perspective entitled “Global Generation.” The film will make its premiere at the Academy on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, and will air on WTTW-TV, Chicago’s PBS outlet, on October 25th, 26th and 27th. For more details and tickets, click here.

The doc’s producers spent an academic year with students from 33 countries around the world… who are all represented at Lake Forest Academy. The film discovers how a diverse group of students live and learn together, through the generational challenges of overcoming misconceptions in a divided world, along with topics like social media versus solitude, parents, pressures and peer reinforcement. The overarching question… what do these interactions teach about common humanity and human possibility?

Producers Mary Kay Wall and Mike Leonard Among the ‘Global Generation’
Photo credit: Leonard Films

Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall represent Leonard Films. They have co-created 20 films for TV and other platforms. Their newest project, “inCommon,” is a series of documentaries – airing online and on public television – that deal with aspects of life we all share, focusing on people who challenge themselves to find solutions that bridge the societal divide. Mike Leonard is a Lake Forest Academy Alumni and a former feature correspondent for “The Today Show.” Mary Kay Wall is the executive producer of Leonard Films. 

Leonard Films presents the premiere of “Global Generation” at Lake Forest Academy – 1500 West Kennedy Road in Lake Forest, Illinois – on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, at 6:30pm. The documentary will air on WTTW-TV on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25th-27th. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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