Memphis venture capitalist Bob Compton isn't a filmmaker by trade, but a visit to India and China inspired the father of two to utilize the medium to explore what he saw as a worrisome divide between the quality and intensity of the education American students are receiving relative to students in those countries.
Compton hired journalists Chad Heeter and Adam Raney and then conceived, produced, and financed Two Million Minutes, an ambitious hour-long documentary about this divide. The film already has gained national attention, with Compton recently appearing on ABC's Good Morning America and on National Public Radio to talk about the project. This week, he'll debut it locally with a screening Thursday, February 28th, at Malco's Paradiso theater.
The film's title premise is that students have roughly two million minutes during their high school years and that American students may not be using this crucial time wisely, thus threatening the U.S.'s competitive advantage.
Two Million Minutes uses six high-achieving students at three high schools as case studies for the divide between American high school education and education in China and India.
Read more about the film here.