The Truth About Reading

An Open Letter From John Corcoran

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.

Show. Don’t Tell.

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,, Larry King and many others. His documentaries have screened worldwide

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