Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary


Capri Theater Sat, Apr 13, 2019 3:00 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 14, 2019 1:40 PM
Capri Theater Thu, Apr 18, 2019 4:30 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Apr 21, 2019 3:30 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 4:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 6:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature Competition
Women & Film
Spotlight: Disruption
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Social Justice
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2019
Runtime:89 min
Director:Lindsey Seavert
Ben Garvin
Executive Producer:Janeen Vogelaar
Producer:Melody Gilbert
Lindsey Seavert
Ben Garvin
Cinematographer:Ben Garvin
Screenwriter:Lindsey Seavert
Editor:Ben Garvin
Composer:Charlie McCarron
Cornbread Harris


Directors Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin Attending!

Proceeds from the Best of Fest screening on Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 PM benefit Lucy Laney Elementary School.

Filmmakers Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin follow the students, families, and educators of Lucy Laney Elementary School in North Minneapolis. An insightful portrait of youth education in Minnesota, Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary, provides an inside look into early childhood development, the school's infrastructure and the current needs of the community. The film puts the focus on the school's reality–over ninety-one percent of Lucy Laney's students are growing up under the poverty line, and the school has been flagged as failing to meet state and federal education bars. Enter Mauri Friestleben, the school's principal. Determined to see the students of Lucy Laney succeed, Freistleben, and supporting staff, decided to try a new approach as the school heads into a new year. The film was developed from a series of news stories with unprecedented access over the course of a year by KARE 11 reporter Lindsey Seavert and photojournalist Ben Garvin.

Director Biography

Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

Lindsey Seavert is a reporter and Ben Garvin a photojournalist for Minnesota based news station, KARE 11. They have earned an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award for their work in their respective fields.


"Lucy Craft Laney Community School in North Minneapolis is celebrating three consecutive years' gains on standardized test scores." - KARE11


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