‘Southeast 67’ Documentary Showcased in Washington Post and at SXSW Education Conference
March 8, 2016
The “Southeast 67” documentary film featuring the Bainum Family Foundation’s “I Have a Dream” program is back in the news. The film premiered in early 2015 and has been shown at numerous film festivals since then. It will be featured this week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) education conference in Austin, Texas, and was the subject of a March 7, 2016, Washington Post article.
The film tells the story of Stewart Bainum’s sponsorship of a class of students at one of the toughest junior high schools in the District of Columbia during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He pledged to help the students prepare for college and then provide college scholarships to those who graduated from high school. Two decades later, the Foundation revisited the program leaders and 12 of the Dreamers, leading to both a book and the documentary film.
Bainum Family Foundation Board member Steve Bumbaugh, along with one of the original Dreamers (Martece Yates), will travel to Austin to participate in panel discussions on educational outcomes in high-poverty areas. Both also were interviewed for the Post article.