Nebraska Filmmakers Premiere New Film in Valley County

Ord Public Schools and Arcadia Public Schools are partnering to provide a screening of the new documentary, “Consider the Alternative,” in Valley County. The documentary on charter schools, public schools and closing the achievement gap debuts on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Theater, 129 South 16th, Ord, Nebraska.

Produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS), the one-hour film explores education reform and provides an understanding of the current landscape of public education in the state. The film illustrates the heightened importance of education reform and how it impacts all schools, the Greater Nebraska community and the students involved. Accompanying the film will be a panel discussion that will celebrate the Valley County community and its efforts to support public school. The event is free and open to the public.


“Reform is about making sure that the whole system advances,” Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner said. “And, that it moves forward in a fashion that advances our students and teachers. It [needs to] make sure that they’re supported.”

The film screening event, led by a cast member, will open a dialogue about what’s going on in the local area to better understand the educational landscape across the state.

From civic leaders and community advocates to administrators and educators across the state, some featured participants in the film include:

Dr. Matt Blomstedt – Education Commissioner, Nebraska Department of Education
Mark Evans – Superintendent, Omaha Public Schools
Maddie Fennell – Classroom Teacher Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
Sen. Burke Harr – District 8, Nebraska Legislature
Jim Vokal – Chief Executive Officer, Platte Institute for Economic Research
Dr. Rachel Wise – President, Nebraska State Board of Education

The Valley County event will also bring together Ord and Arcadia School Districts and educational partners to connect parents, teachers and community members with their public school.

Until recently, “Consider the Alternative” had been available in limited release at events in Omaha or Lincoln. Valley County is one of the tour stops for the NElovesPS Film Screening Tour that will travel across all 93 counties in Nebraska for free, community screenings.

To learn more about the film, visit On Twitter, follow @NElovesPS. On Facebook, Facebook/NElovesPS. To watch the “Consider the Alternative” trailer, visit


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Since 2011, the Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS) project has been documenting the stories happening in public schools across Nebraska. NElovesPS – a 2013 Webby Awards Official Honoree, PovertyCure Film Festival Official Selection and Film Streams 2013 Local Filmmaker honoree – produces a series of documentaries that explore a range of issues with the goal of raising awareness about Nebraska’s public schools. NElovesPS is funded by the Sherwood Foundation. To learn more visit, Facebook ( or Twitter (@nelovesps).

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is dedicated to supporting public education one documentary film at a time.

For more information on this film tour and Nebraska Loves Public Schools, contact Ron Azoulay at To schedule an interview with the production leads and participants in the film, contact Rebecca Stern at (916) 834-9409.

For questions related to the local screening in Valley County, please contact Ord Public Schools and Arcadia Public Schools.

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