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If you are interested in organizing a screening of the film, please contact GOOD DOCS

If you want to collaborate to organize a strategic screening to build support for more resources to close the college guidance gap, please get in touch by email.

Educational and Impact Screenings

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Parents Supporting Parents

 Saturday, August 22th, 2020

Social Distance Outdoor Screening

Featured speakers: Enoch Jemmott, Karoline Jimenez and Julie Dressner 

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National Scholarship Providers Association Conference 

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion

Featured speakers: Karoline Jimenez and Julie Dressner


Register Here

Virtual screening and discussion featuring the film subjects, youth organizers, educators and activists from the Bronx.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Sponsored by: Alliance for Quality Education​, Sistas and Brothas United, Dignity in Schools and the New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee


This screening is part of the

National Week of Action Against School Pushout

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This event is co-hosted by the Alliance for Quality Education &

Jabari Brisport and

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon.

Register before 4pm on October 22nd to receive a link to participate in the live webinar.

RSVP here:

FREE virtual screening of PERSONAL STATEMENT and Brooklyn Town Hall Discussion

The Town Hall Discussion will focus on the critical role that school counselors play in public schools & how we can lower the school counselor to student ratio in New York State, which is currently 1 to 635.

Thursday, October 22nd 2020


Panelists include:

NYS Senator Candidate Jabari Brisport

NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon

NYS Senator Julia Salazar

Two of the main characters from PERSONAL STATEMENT, Karoline Jiménez and Enoch Jemmott

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Free Ovee Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 4th 2021 at 7pm




The screening is being hosted by WKAR and

the Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN),

a community network dedicated to increasing

college readiness, participation and completion.



Panelists will include:

  • Juliane Dressner, Director, PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • Dr. Mark Largent, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate *Education, Michigan State University

  • Dr. Steven Robinson, President, Lansing Community College

  • The Honorable Sarah Anthony, State Representative, 68th House District, Lansing


College Bound St. Louis


 Friday, May 29th, 2020

Virtual #WeBelongInCollege Screening


Enoch Jemmott and Karoline Jimenez will be in attendance

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You can watch the virtual session: 

The Power of Stories of Belonging in College


Monday, March 9th, 2020

Austin, Texas


 #WeBelongInCollege campaign




The #WeBelongInCollege campaign is an interactive social media campaign that encourages high school and college students to share their own #WeBelongInCollege stories. 

Students will share their stories about a time when they struggled and questioned whether they belong. The stories will also explain how they managed to persist. By sharing these stories, they will help other students to realize that they are not alone, and even though all students struggle - they still belong in college!

Liz Willen - Executive Editor, The Hechinger Report;

John Branam - Executive Director, Get Schooled; and

Juliane Dressner and Enoch Jemmott will be in attendance


Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Professional Development Screening and Panel Presentation 

for school counselors & district leaders


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Miami, Florida


Sponsored by the KIPP Foundation's KIPP Through College program


Juliane Dressner, Christine Rodriguez, Enoch Jemmott

and Karoline Jimenez will be in attendance

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Higher Education User Group Cloud Symposium 2020

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Santa Clara, California

 Christine Rodriguez, Enoch Jemmott and Karoline Jimenez 

will be the keynote speakers

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 

 Washington, D.C

Juliane Dressner & Enoch Jemmott will be in attendance

The 2020 National Career Development Summit

The Summit is hosted by The Coalition for Career Development

The Coalition for Career Development represents many of the nation’s leading government, business and education organizations including the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, IBM, Education Commission of the States, and the National Association of Workforce Boards.

The Coalition for Career Development is committed to making career readiness the first priority of American education. They believe that providing ALL learners with high-quality career development services and technology will help ensure that they secure productive employment in their chosen career as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. This will also better meet the needs of employers for a skilled workforce, elevate the dignity of all work and help more young people achieve the American Dream.

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Washington Student Achievement Council

A cabinet-level state agency, the Washington Student Achievement Council provides strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.

There will be two screenings:

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 @ 5:30pm

The Gates Foundation

Seattle, Washington


Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 @ 2:50pm

Seattle, Washington

Juliane Dressner and Karoline Jimenez 

will be in attendance


Teach for America: NYC Office

Thursday, November 20th, 2019 @ 6pm

Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez, Enoch Jemmott and Juliane Dressner

will be in attendance


Hunter College High School

Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 6pm

Juliane Dressner, Christine Rodriguez, Enoch Jemmott and Karoline Jimenez 

will be in attendance


City University of New York

College of Staten Island

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 @ 2:30 pm


Christine Rodriguez, Karoline Jimenez and Juliane Dressner

will be in attendance

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 Saturday, November 9th, 2019 1:30-3:00pm


Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Co-sponsored by

The Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Penn Alumni Relations

The Philadelphia Higher Education Network

for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)


Philly School Counselors United

This screening is free and open to the Public!


Enoch Jemmott & Juliane Dressner of PERSONAL STATEMENT

West Philadelphia High School graduate Madelaine Akinyemi

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Hughes



Dr. Ira Harkavy, the founder of the Netter Center

Click here for more info

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The National Association for Multicultural Education Conference


November 6 -10, 2019

Tucson, Arizona

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NAEHCY Conference

(National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Washington, DC at the Washington Hilton


Enoch Jemmott and Juliane Dressner

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Grantmakers for Education National Meeting


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

 3:45 - 6:00 pm

Louisiana, New Orleans


Karoline Jimenez, Juliane Dressner  and

Lori Chajet of CARA (College Access: Research & Action) 


Erickson Blakney (Pinkerton Foundation)

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September 28 & 29, 2019


Houston Community College’s

West Houston Institute


Houston, Texas


Registration is open for #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity!

#RealCollege is a national movement created by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Focused on the struggles, triumphs, and realities of what it means to be in college today, #RealCollege seeks to change the landscape of higher education so that all students can afford and complete their studies.

The movement includes an annual convening, regional and state coalitions, nationwide systematic data collection on students’ challenges, a student advocacy campaign, and more. Please explore our website to see all that we offer, and join us on all forms of social media at #RealCollege.


Enoch Jemmott and Juliane Dressner 

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A free public screening on Thursday, September 19th, 2019


The Putnam Museum

1717 West 12th Street
Davenport, Iowa 52804

Following the film there will be a 30 minute moderated Q & A.

Screenings Organized in Collaboration with Tuition Fit

September 19 - 20, 2019,

Davenport, Iowa


There will be a series of impact screenings in Iowa in collaboration with Tuition Fit, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), LCAN (Local College Access Network), the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, GEAR UP, and the Quad Cities 2030 project.


Enoch Jemmott, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez and

Juliane Dressner who all will be participating in every event

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University-Assisted Community Schools Network

Monday, September 16th, 2019


A virtual screening and panel

coordinated by the Netter Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


Enoch Jemmott, Karoline Jimenez, Christine Rodriguez

and Juliane Dressner 

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The Puget Sound College and Career Network

There will be two screenings:

Monday, August 19th, 2019 from 11:30 – 1 pm
New Holly Gathering Hall - 7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle

Monday August 26th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Green River College – Kent Station, 417 Ramsay Way  Suit 112, Kent



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Seattle, Washington

We had a powerful screening and panel discussion with the

K-12 education staff of the

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Enoch Jemmott, Karoline Jimenez, and Juliane Dressner 

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Thursday, June 6th, 2019

8:45-11:00 am

New York, New York

Brandeis High School Campus


Enoch Jemmott & Christine Rodriguez - Film Subjects

Melody Benitez - CARA Program Associate  

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“Super” ACAC Conference

Monday, May 20th, 2019 7:30-9:30pm 

Arizona Grand Resort and Spa

Phoenix, Arizona


Organized by Western Association of Admission Counseling (WACAC), Rocky Mountain Association of Admission Counseling (RMACAC), and Pacific Northwest Association of Admission Counseling (PNACAC) 


New Schools Venture Fund


Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Oakland, California
Marriott City Center


Enoch Jemmott & Karoline Jimenez - Film Subjects

Juliane Dressner - Director/Producer/Cinematographer


Moderated by Liz Willen, Executive Editor - The Hechinger Report




Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Robert F. Wagner Middle School

220 East 76th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

New York, NY

Organized by students and staff of East Side Middle School


Wagner Middle School

The screening will be introduced by

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos


The post-screening panel discussion will feature

Enoch Jemmott & Christine Rodriguez,

two of the inspirational stars of the film 


Juliane Dressner, the film's Director/Producer/Cinematographer



Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 4 pm


Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library

Room 230

65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Queens, NY

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Capitol Hill Screening



Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Gold Room - Rayburn House Office Building


  • American Counseling Association

  • Center for Postsecondary Readiness & Success at American University


  • College Board

  • ETS

  • NCAN

  • ACT - Center for Equity in Learning

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting - American Graduate Program

  • College Promise - Civic Nation

  • United Negro College Fund

  • College Success Foundation

  • AVID

  • Austin Chamber

  • Four Point Education Partners

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Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 12:30 pm 

Cowin Auditorium

147 Horace Mann Hall, Teachers College

 Panel Discussion moderated by Liz Willen, Editor-in-Chief, The Hechinger Report with Director/Producer Juliane Dressner; Director of the College Advising Initiative at Teachers College, Riddhi Sandi; and Enoch Jemmott & Christine Rodriguez, two of the main subjects in the film. 

Click to watch our post screening discussion

Liz Willen, Editor-in-Chief, The Hechinger Report, with Director and Producer Juliane Dressner; TC Professor Riddhi Sandil, Director of the College Advising Initiative; and Enoch Jemmott & Christine Rodriguez, two of the main subjects from the film. 
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Friday, March 15th, 2019 @ 10:30 am

New York City


Monday, February 11th, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Castleton, Vermont


Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019 5:00 @ 7:00PM

Askwith Hall

13 Appian Way

Cambridge, MA 0213



Movie Screening and Discussion Sponsored by the YMCA

Monday, January 21th, 2019 11:00 AM

Oriental Theater

2230 N Farwell, Milwaukee WI 53202


Free MLK Day Screening & Public Forum in Philadelphia

Sponsored by:

  • Philly School Counselors United

  • The University of Pennsylvania

  • The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

  • The Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools

  • UrbEd

  • Councilwoman Helen Gym

  • Pennsylvania State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler

  • Philadelphia Student Union


  • Helen Gym, City Councilwoman    

  • Tatiana Olmedo, School Counselor

  • Nayeli Perez, Philadelphia Student Union

  • Christine Rodriguez, Film Subject

  • Enoch Jemmott, Film Subject

  • Moderator: Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg, The Public Interest Law Center  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 21th, 2019 at 3 PM

Zellerbach Theatre

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at

The University of Pennsylvania




The Jewish Exponent

KYW Radio

The Notebook

Billy Penn

Spotlight on Poverty &



The City Council of the City of Philadelphia issued this


after the screening. Here's an excerpt: it RESOLVED, THAT THE COUNCIL OF

THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, ... recognizes the critical role that school counselors play in meeting students’ academic, social/emotional, and postsecondary planning needs; and calls on the School District of Philadelphia to institute the American School Counselor Association’s recommended student-counselor ratio of 250 to 1.



Education Writers Association

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Moderated by Liz Willen, Executive Editor of the Hechinger Report


Christine Rodriguez, Juliane Dressner and Karoline Jimenez 

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This two day conference brings together hundreds of mission-aligned education and civic leaders, policy makers, practitioners, philanthropists, and researchers from across the country to spark ideas, energy and action to strengthen and build the next movement of college-success initiatives. 


Promise Net


Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 @ 3:30pm

University of California Berkeley

Amplifying Student Voices through Film:

The Value of Storytelling in Promise

Alex Shebanow, Executive director of Fail State, Adam Fenderson, Director of Unlikely, and Juliane Dressner all will be in attendance!

In the world of higher education, stories from students are often some of the most valuable tools available for building support for a program or movement, and the use of film in communications and advocacy allows audiences to put a face, voice, and a name to many of the pressing issues facing our students. This session will preview 3 recently released, award-winning documentaries in higher education, Personal Statement, Fail State, and Unlikely, and will feature a panel of Directors and students to discuss the value of student voices and storytelling in the College Promise movement.

Check out the full schedule and register today at




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Professional Development Training  for the staff of 

New Dorp High School

Staten Island, New York

Thank you for the warm reception!


Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Friday, May 29th, 2020

Virtual Screening 

Sponsored by the KIPP Foundation's KIPP Through College program


Enoch Jemmott and Karoline Jimenez will be in attendance


TEENS-ONLY screening of PERSONAL STATEMENT, in association with Margaret Mead Film Festival. Evening includes a post-screening discussion with special guests, light refreshments, and hands-on art and science activities throughout the Museum.

October 17th 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY



October 10th, 2018 6:00 - 9:00 PM

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY



Thursday, September 27th, 2018 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Marriott City Creek

75 South West Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Room: Salon D


Movie Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Wyndham Grand

Pittsburgh, PA

Grand Ballroom

Juliane Dressner, the film's director, Karoline Jimenez, one of the students featured in the film, and Janice Bloom from College Access: Research & Action, the NCAN member featured in this film, will be attending the screening to answer questions.

Philadelphia Engagement Screening
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