"Invest in IB" is the title of Vero Media’s newest short film for the Chimborazo Elementary Model School Task Force. "IB" stands for the International Baccalaureate Programme.
The IB foundation’s website describes it as a curriculum that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
With a description like that, who wouldn’t want their child to experience an IB education? That desire is what’s motivating parents and volunteers to raise the nearly half a million dollars needed to bring the IB curriculum to children in grades K-5 in Richmond’s public schools.
We were intrigued by the cooperative effort behind this effort: parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators, the community and financial supporters all working together to make this school happen.
As members of the Church Hill community, we wanted to help too. Creating a short film, or two, about the school and the IB program would help raise awareness and engage the community of potential volunteers and financial donors.
We spent two days at Chimborazo School, interviewing teachers and students and filming the general going-ons at the school. Our VCU intern and young film maker, Graham Ohmer, shot most of the footage and did a tremendous job of following around the students.
During the editing process, we were struck by the passion the teachers and principal Burke exhibited, not only for their school, but the IB approach to education. Our hope is that their vision and commitment ring clear in the this film.
Graham Ohmer, our VCU film intern for the summer, shares much of the credits in producing this film. Most of the footage and did much of the initial prep work for the editing.