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Film Screening: If You Build It

June 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM
Price: Tickets: $10/$5 for BSA members
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Film Screening: If You Build It

Coming to this movie? On your way in or out, consider stopping by the BFA's Project Pin-Up where examples of local education-based programs funded by the BFA throughout 2012 and 2013 will be displayed. It's a casual drop-in event, free and open to the public, taking place at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) on June 12 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  

Doors open at 6:00 pm; film starts at 6:30 pm

From the director of Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radical approach to education. If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest region in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform their community and their lives. Confronted with limited funding resources and fighting a conservative school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a yearlong, full-scale design-and-build project that teaches them basic construction skills while demonstrating the power of design to reinvent not just the students’ town but their personal notions about what’s possible.

Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, the film illustrates how the building industry can empower our youth and allow them to take an active role in their communities.

For more details on this film and to view the trailer, go to

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The BSA Space Film Series

This spring BSA Space presents a series of film showings which document some of the ways that architecture and design can engage communities, inspire vision, and provoke change.

See the other films in this series >