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DIFF 2015

Greg Whiteley and Adam Leibowitz

ABOUT THE FILM: For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. The film follows students in a school created to prepare graduates for the innovation era. There, over the course of a school year, ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization and, indirectly, bring to life new approaches that revolutionize school as we know it.

ABOUT THE PANEL: Immediately following the screening of education documentary, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, will be a discussion on the current state of the American education system and existing issues in hopes of sparking conversation and implementing change. The panel will be moderated by Michael Cain and joined by panelists: Greg Whitely (Director, Most Likely to Succeed), Ted Dintersmith (Executive Producer, Most Likely to Succeed) and Lynn McBee (CEO, Education of Young Women) - please scroll down for more information and panelist bios.

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 4pm - Panel will follow immediately after the screening

Place: Angelika Film Center, Dallas

Admission: $10.00 (educators and students) // $12.00 (general public). Please be sure to bring credentials for the discount. 

More info & trailer:


MICHAEL CAIN (Moderator) Dallas native Michael Cain is an award winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 years experience in the entertainment sector. He has produced and executive produced over 20 feature-length films for HBO and Showtime and directed the documentary TV JUNKIE (2006) which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He is Co-Founder and President of M3 Films LLC, founder of the Deep Ellum Film Festival and founding Artistic Director of the Dallas International Film Festival.

TED DINTERSMITH (Executive Producer, Most Likely to Succeed) Long-time venture capitalist, father of two (now in 11th and 10th grade), and concerned about the world’s future. Mostly-retired from his venture firm (Charles River Ventures, a top-tier early-stage venture firm), and now focuses his time, energy, and personal investing on high-potential education-related initiatives.  In 2012, Ted spent the fall in New York City, serving as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, with a focus on education and entrepreneurship. He is now on a mission — changing our education system so that it promotes, instead of vitiates, innovative kids.

LYNN MCBEE (CEO, Education of Young Women) Ms. McBee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She has been employed as a consultant with New England Biolabs, a privately held Biotech firm, for 19 years. Additionally, she is a Principal in GenTest, Texas, exclusive distributor of OncoVue. Ms. McBee is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community. Currently she serves as The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Tocqueville Society Chairman and 25th Anniversary Chairman, Chairman of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Opening Weekend Celebration, Chairman of the Board for the Dallas Film Society, Letot Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet, 2011 Help The Homeless Week Ambassador, Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association, Board Member, among others. Additionally, she won a 2007 NorthStar award for her leadership and work with TACA. She also received the 2008 “Rising Star” award given out by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. She was the “Honored Philanthropist” at the 2008 Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon. She was given the Diamond Award for outstanding volunteer service in June of 2011 by RSVP Calendar, and the “Each Moment Matters” Award and with the “Real Women, Real Girls “Award from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

ROSEMARY PERLMETER (Founder, Uplift Education) Rosemary Perlmeter co-founded Teaching Trust in 2010 to develop entrepreneurial educators committed to transformational change essential to eliminating the achievement gap in urban public schools. In 2012, she joined Southern Methodist University's Department of Education Policy & Leadership faculty, where she teaches in and directs a new program to develop leaders for urban schools. Rosemary has spent 18 years working on public education initiatives in Texas. This work began in 1996, when she opened and operated a dynamic non-profit known today as Uplift Education, one of the first successful charter school operators in Texas. She entered the field of school reform after leaving a 15-year career as an executive with a Fortune 500 retail company where she served as an attorney and then as Vice President. Rosemary's current memberships and affiliations include serving as a member of a 2013 Advisory Committee of the Texas Education Agency focused on improving principal standards, a member of the Advisory Board for Middle School Matters through the Bush Institute, and a governance committee member of Uplift Education. She was recently recognized for her innovation in nonprofit leadership by the Center for Nonprofit Management. 

GREG WHITELEY (Director, Most Likely to Succeed) Greg Beck Whiteley (born November 11, 1969) is an American documentary film director, producer, and writer, known for New York Doll (2005), Resolved (2007), Mitt (2014), and Most Likely To Succeed (2015). Whiteley’s documentaries have garnered two Emmy nominations and three premieres at the Sundance Film Festival