Life Stories From Self-Directed Learners

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Self-Taught Movie

What happens to those kids who didn’t go to school or experienced non-traditional educations once they become adults? Are they “successful” in life? Can they get into college if they choose to follow that route? How do they make a living, get jobs or start their own businesses? And how do they define success for themselves?

Self-Taught will follow a number of adult self-directed learners as they go about their lives. We will immerse ourselves in their daily activities to see how they make a living, and how they feel about it. The questions guiding this film will explore how these individuals measure their success, and if they feel their non-traditional education helped or hindered them as adults.

Throughout the film, we’ll also hear from experts with extensive experience in child development, psychology, brain science and education and delve into what it means to be a self-directed learner, and we’ll examine the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and how that guides our choices through life.

About the film maker

Jeremy’s involvement in the television and film industry has spanned over 25 years. His most recent film Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom has been screened in more than 10 countries and received great acclaim in alternative education circles around the world.

In addition, as an editor he has worked on hundreds of music videos, commercials, and corporate projects, as well as award winning documentaries and short films for clients such as Lucasfilm, Dolby Laboratories, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Yamaha, Virgin America, Sony, Dave Matthews Band, Acura and GoPro.

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    3 Story Films
    Oakland, California.

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