Andrew Friend
2014 / U.S. / 90min


Schoolidarity is a documentary film that analyzes the nationwide political and corporate attack on public education and public sector workers. It is a history of recent union movements in Chicago and Wisconsin, marking paths to victories, examining defeats, and exposing villains disguised as friends.


Director (Special Guest)

US filmmaker Andrew Friend got his start at a small Illinois public access TV station, and built up a skills base at the non-profit organization Chicago Filmmakers. He has worked in Chicago broadcast television since 2002, providing visuals for Emmy-winning series and specials at PBS stations. He now works as an independent cinematographer in Chicago. He provided principal cinematography for the documentary Immigrant Nation! about deportation resister Elvira Arrellano, and also worked with Oscar-winner Haskell Wexler on his 2012 documentary Four Days In Chicago. Friend has produced many episodes for the Midwest TV show Labor Beat, and the PBS series Pedal America.

Friend's film Workers’ Republic documented the victorious December 2008 factory occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by its laid-off employees. It was shown in 7 film festivals, with the Big Muddy Film Fest giving the film the John Michaels Human Rights Film Award in 2010. His recent 2015 feature film Schoolidarity, shown in 5 festivals and counting, documents and critiques the interwoven stories of the 2011 "Wisconsin Uprising" and the 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike.

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