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Photo: Alex Zacarias sitting behind camera. 'Film activist' Zacarias trains lens on big issues

“I want to make a difference. If I do my job right, it affects the people who are in the film. It affects the people who observe it.”

Sometime this spring, Wisconsin Public Television is expected to broadcast the documentary “Any School, Any Time” based on a foiled school-shooting plot at Green Bay East High School. The case made national headlines when three teens were arrested for amassing a weapons cache and making threats.
      Executive producer is “film activist” Alex Zacarias ’05, owner of 3N Productions, who describes his passion as “telling stories and addressing meaningful issues.”
      “We had to earn the students’ trust,” Zacarias recalls. “and we did that by literally hanging out with them for most of the school year. We were in classes, in the halls, at pep rallies, at games, right through to commencement.”
      Zacarias partnered with Dean Thomas ’75 of NEW Educational Television Productions. The result is part crime drama, with investigators and lawyers sharing behind-the-scenes insight; part training manual for educators; and part testimonial for students and teachers frustrated that a proud school got an unfair rap. A website will market the film as an educational tool and serve as a clearinghouse for addressing school violence issues.

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