LEV Media Group offers video production services for small business, documentaries, churches, professional organizations and much more. We are currently under production with a new documentary called On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins, slated for launch in 2016.
Currently In Production
On The Line – A Documentary by Michael Mascoll
METCO stands for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Founded in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, the program is the longest continuously running voluntary school desegregation program in the country and a national model for the few other voluntary desegregation busing programs currently in existence.
LEV Films is proud to produce and direct this project dedicated to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of METCO. The production and exhibition of the film is intended to inspire further dialogue and continuous action, while educating diverse communities and future participants of the METCO program. Every child’s experience is unique. yet like their peers, they’ll find commonality in their journey.
Using photo-montage recreations, interviews, original field footage and recordings, the documentary film production, On The Line, Where Sacrifice Begins examines the METCO integration experience through the lens of native Boston minority students who attended public school in the affluent suburb of Lexington, MA, along with counter-responses from suburban students and faculty directly impacted by the program. Capturing viewpoints of historians, founders, polarizing activists, teachers, parents and champions of the movement. A collective group boldly committed to a cause greater than themselves.
The film examines the historical context of the METCO program from it’s origin to current state. 50 years in the making, the longest continuously running voluntary school desegregation program in the country. How did the program impact the lives of its graduates? OTL will vividly recap the experiences of past and current participants, while assessing the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school. Closely examining the historical and social conditions that helped shape the lives of a select group of METCO & Suburban participants when the bus ride ended.
The civil rights movement is often taught as a Southern phenomenon. Yet, the struggle for racial justice occurred all over the country, especially in Northern cities. This documentary reflects back on the civil rights movement in the North: the conflict over how to resolve racial segregation in Boston’s public schools in the 1960s and 1970s. the context and decisions that resulted in court-ordered busing, rather than on the violence and tension that followed busing. Investigating the years prior to court-ordered busing helps us better understand current debates about segregation in public schools. Nearly 50 years later, the same conditions that led to racially imbalanced schools in the 1960s and 1970s, namely residential segregation, exist in most American cities and suburbs. Furthermore, many of the strategies suggested by educators, parents, and activists in the 1960s are being proposed today. The participants in this documentary reflect on their early educational journey by sharing firsthand opinions about their individual and collective experiences. As the United States becomes an increasingly racially diverse nation, it is particularly relevant for students to think about how people from different backgrounds build relationships based on mutual respect and shared understandings, and the role of schools in this endeavor.
In our increasingly multiracial, multiethnic and metalinguistic nation, it is more crucial than ever that we continue to develop and promote working models of educational institutions that approximate the larger society students will someday join… More than ever, social science research offers powerful evidence of the strong benefits of diversity for students, communities, and a democratic society. Similarly, research has also long demonstrated the detrimental effects of segregation and its ever-present attendant, concentrated poverty, in our public schools on educational opportunity, race relations, and the psychological development of young people.
PHOTOS & PRESS
Lights! Camera! Action!
Inspiring start to the 2015 production campaign as we caught up with Susan Eaton, Research Director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School.
Her research interest center around the causes and cures for unequal opportunities for racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the United States. Particularly about the challenges of schooling and child rearing in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods.
She is the author of The Other Boston Busing Story: What’s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line, which explores the adult lives of African-Americans who participated in METCO, a voluntary, urban to suburban school desegregation program.
Wrapped up a spirited session with Her Majesty, the incredibly energetic Jean McGuire, who continues to serve as the executive director of METCO, Inc., since 1973. Her efforts help provide educational opportunities for more than 3000 urban children from Boston & Springfield to attend suburban schools in the surrounding towns of greater Boston. Rooted in activism, her leadership and dedication to provide children with the best education is second to none.
Getting it done with former Metco student, Ty Lockhart on the HQ campus of NCAA. As CEO of Advocates for Athletic Equity, he’s focused on advocating minority coaches for positions of leadership at all levels of sport aligning the ratio of qualified coaches to the number of minority student athletes. At NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center.
Surreal like moment with Reverend James P. Breeden in the courtyard of the historical African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, the oldest black church edifice still standing in the U.S. How fitting a venue to reflect back in time with a man who devoted his life to the Church, Civil Rights and on Lifting a Voice for Education reform in the Boston Public School system.