UW-Green Bay, CL 815
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
February 27, 2008
'Film activist' Zacarias trains lens on big issues
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.