: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: In Distribution


A Cincinnati public school fights to break the cycle of poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood.



OYLER, a documentary produced in association with American Public Media's “Marketplace,” tells the story of a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods, where a community approach to education has helped reverse a dropout epidemic. The film takes viewers through a year at Oyler School, focusing on principal Craig Hockenberry’s mission to transform a community, and on senior Raven Gribbins’ quest to become the first in her troubled family to finish high school and go to college.



OYLER takes on one of our country’s most pressing challenges—the persistent achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Roughly half of the children in U.S. public schools today come from low-income families, and a debate is raging over how to help more of them succeed. Oyler School's approach—combining academic, health, and social services under one roof—is catching on around the country. But does it work? At a time of growing inequality in our society, your support will help inform the national conversation about how to fix our ailing public schools.


Amy Scott - Director

Amy Scott is an independent documentary filmmaker and the education correspondent for "Marketplace," the public radio business and economics show. Her reporting has earned several national honors, including Gracie Awards in 2014 and 2013 and an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012. Before joining Marketplace in 2001, she worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Scott has a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied documentary filmmaking.

Patrick Wright - Editor

Patrick Wright co-produced and was associate editor for "Music By Prudence," which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and aired on HBO in May 2010. He edited the feature documentary "See You Soon Again," about Baltimore-based Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz and was an Associate Producer on "12 O'Clock Boys." Wright has produced and directed films on HIV/AIDS, clergy sexual abuse, and a profile of Ann Coulter, one of the most controversial political commentators of our day. He is Chair of the Film and Video Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 


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