If You Build ItAbout the Film
In the poorest county in North Carolina, activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller work with students to introduce design and creativity as a tool for community improvement. Barely getting by on grants and loans, Pilloton and Miller are committed to their yearlong initiative to empower their students to re-invent themselves and their struggling community. Culminating with a final project to build a new farmers’ market pavilion, IF YOU BUILD IT, from the director of WORDPLAY, offers a vision for a new kind of classroom and examines design’s power to be an engine of civic transformation.
Family Film: Ages 12 and up.
About the Director
Patrick Creadon began his career as a cameraman at PBS, shooting and producing cinéma vérité-style stories for the critically acclaimed series THE 90'S. His feature-length directorial debut WORDPLAY was a breakout hit at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. WORDPLAY went on to become one of the top 25 highest grossing documentaries of all time. His follow-up film I.O.U.S.A., a non-partisan examination of America's national debt, premiered at Sundance in 2008 and was shortlisted for Best Documentary for the Academy Awards. Creadon has served on several film festival juries, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Ashland Film Festival, and the Cinema Eye Awards. In 2011, he made his television directing debut on NBC's LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. Creadon is married to and collaborates with producer Christine O'Malley. They are raising their three young children in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.