Produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films, America to Me follows a group of students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of one year as they grapple with racial and educational inequalities as well as the daily challenges of being a teenage.
The 10-part docuseries offers candid conversations about how the school has succeeded and failed in the goal to achieve racial equality.
America to Me will bow in Fall 2018 on Starz and will also be available for download or streaming via the Starz app. It world premiered its first five episodes at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the new Indie Episodic category.
The docuseries is Participant Media’s first unscripted series. It will be accompanied by a social impact campaign aimed to foster a national conversation around race, education, opportunity and agency.
America to Me is executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg and Justine Nagan, with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann. VP of original programming Patrick McDonald is the Starz executive overseeing this docuseries.
Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV and SVOD rights to the series. Lionsgate will retain all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.
Negotiations were brokered by Brett Marottoli, head of program acquisitions for Starz, along with Gabriel Brakin and Krista Wegener for Participant and Endeavor Content on behalf of Participant/Kartemquin.