My years of passion and advocacy for literacy have great meaning to me. After all these years, I still can’t stop advocating and working to change things so other little boys and little girls don’t suffer unnecessarily like I did.
Recently I’ve been involved in planning for this literacy documentary that will include my story. Having 65% of 4th graders in the US lacking proficiency in literacy is a national shame. We have a superstar line up of experts to interview, tasked with outlining the problem and solution. Educators who have shown the kinds of gains that are possible and former/current struggling readers have committed to participate too. This monumental project has the potential to change the face of literacy in our country and beyond!
We are currently working to raise funds for this film and, along with your moral support, would appreciate any donation to the project if you feel moved to do so. Your enthusiasm, energy, and willingness to help us spread the word about his film would also be greatly appreciated! Together, we can make a significant difference.
Here is a 1 minute video that will give you a glimpse of the work of Nick Nanton, the film’s superstar Emmy award winning director and producer.
This documentary is a dream come true for me, combining awareness of this issue with meaningful action to fix it. I see it as the beginning of a powerful movement that will expedite the progress to 95-100% of our society, children and adults, being highly literate. We can do it…you, me, and all who are passionate about high level literacy for all.
Stories are best expressed by showing what happens, inviting audiences into the moment, and building a relationship between the subject and the viewer. Nick Nanton has directed and produced over 50 documentaries. Each year, he introduces audiences to noteworthy humanitarians, luminaries, and entrepreneurs. Nick has been honored for his work by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with 43 Emmy® nominations. He has taken home 22 Emmy® Awards in the Documentary and Directing categories.
His breakthrough, Emmy®-winning film, Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story, chronicles the life of the genius behind the first private space flight and its subsequent acquisition by billionaire Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic. The film currently airs nationally on PBS. The Emmy®-winning Esperanza and Return to Esperanza highlight how one micro-finance organization breaks the cycle of poverty for women and their families in the Dominican Republic.
Nick’s films engage and inspire. He has produced and directed documentaries about some of the most influential minds in the world, including Jack Canfield (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), Brian Tracy, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach, Dr. Nido Qubein (Horatio Alger Award recipient, Chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company and the President of High Point University), Dr. Peter Diamandis (Founder of the Xprize and co-author of the New York Times Best-Selling Books Abundance and Bold) and Rudy Ruettiger (made famous in the feature film, Rudy).
He has interviewed thousands of luminaries including Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Dean Kamen, Ray Kurzweil, Mark Cuban, will.i.am, Larry King and many others. His documentaries have screened worldwide
Tim Ballard left his post as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to form Operation Underground Railroad and go undercover to rescue child sex trafficking victims that he couldn’t save when bound by government restrictions. Join Tim and his special forces team as they go undercover in Haiti to bring a ring of sex traffickers who bribed their way out of jail, to justice.
Shari Duval was desperate for a solution to help her son Brett when he returned from serving in Iraq, suffering from PTSD. She stumbled on a story about a service dog helping a veteran and that story sparked an idea. That idea, to start a service dog agency for veterans, gave Brett new hope. Together, the two formed K9s for Warriors, which pairs veterans with service dogs. For each warrior the organization saves, they also rescue a dog from a shelter. The organization has saved the lives of more than 400 veterans and 800 dogs. This is their story.
Folds of Honor’ is about Lt Col Dan Rooney, who created an organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. Journey with families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and see how one man’s vision, combined with the support of hundreds of thousands of others, has forever changed the lives of the next generation of American heroes.
This moving documentary reveals the unique history of Casa Hogar del Niño de Acapulco, Mexico, a former luxury hotel transformed into an orphanage whose mission is to help those children to a brighter tomorrow. The film tells the uplifting stories of the kids it cares for on a daily basis, including those given up by their impoverished parents, those living on the streets, and those abused and mistreated by those who were supposed to care for them.
Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) conducted Operation Triple Take in 2014 in Colombia in an unprecedented attempt to rescue sex trafficking victims in three different cities at the exact same time. The operation took months of planning and depended on the three stings taking place simultaneously so one wouldn’t ruin another. It was, and still is, the biggest operation O.U.R. has ever conducted and led to the rescue of 123 victims and the arrest of 12 traffickers. See the days leading up to the operations, watch as the missions unfold in Cartagena, Armenia and Medellín on the same day, and learn what happened after the largest child sex trafficking rescue in history.
Poverty is more than just a sum of economic symptoms: To Dr. Saul Cruz, it’s a surmountable problem. In Armonia, he sets out to fight poverty with his nonprofit ministry, Armonia, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and begins helping people to change their situations. Focusing on education for indigenous Mexicans, Cruz and Armonia work to help their students transform their lives and escape poverty through hard work and an excitement for learning. The film captures Cruz’s passion and spirit, while telling the personal tales of three students who overcame the odds with Armonia’s help.