The Segregation of John Muir High School

Would you send your child to an underfunded, low-performing public high school?

How about if that school had a diverse student body, with a history of integration dating back before the civil rights movement? What if it had a track record of producing notable graduates, pioneers in their fields, for over half a century? Why have we forsaken the goals of integration in the 21st century? As one graduate famously said, “Can We All Get Along?”

About this Project


“Can We All Get Along?: The Segregation of John Muir High School” is a PBS-quality feature-length documentary following filmmaker & Class of ’82 John Muir High Alumnus, Pablo D. Miralles (“Gringos at the Gate“) as he questions what has happened to his once diverse alma mater and whether or not to send his own son to the school today. In the film, Miralles explores the complex history of Pasadena’s segregated schools and the 1970 court order that created the first desegregation plan outside of the south. Weaving stories of alumni, administrators, and civic leaders of the John Muir High School’s diverse community, Miralles illustrates the challenges, and failures of the state of California, and the United States to promote well-funded, and diverse public education.

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Meet the Filmmakers



Pablo Miralles is a proud graduate of John Muir High School (Class of ’82) and has over 25 years experience in the visual communications field. He was the creator, writer, director, and producer behind the award-winning feature documentary “Gringos at the Gate – Soccer and the US Mexico Divide” (2012), a film which examines the history and passion surrounding arguably the world’s greatest national soccer rivalry. Pablo served as Production Coordinator on Cedar Grove Productions’ ACADEMY AWARD winning short film “Visas and Virtue” and Co-Producer on their EMMY NOMINATED short film, “Day of Independence”. Other professional experience has included motion picture and television projects at Mess Media, UBU, CBS, Neo Motion Pictures, Triangle Productions, Commercial Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures. Independently, he has produced, written and directed several DV short-shorts, educational shorts and online interactive marketing materials for such clients as AIG Insurance, Louis Vitton, J. Chadwick Co., Zenalta, and Intomotion. He received his BA from Sonoma State University and his MFA from the UCLA Graduate Film Program, where he won both the UCLA “Spotlight” and MPAA “Student Filmmaker” awards.



Jerry Henry received his MFA from UCLA Film School with an emphasis on documentaries, cinematography, and digital media. Jerry has shot and produced over 300 reality television programs and documentary series including MADE, 16 & PREGNANT and TRUE LIFE for MTV News & Docs as well as programs for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, Bravo, VH-1, NBC, ABC and the Discovery Channel among many others. Documentary feature credits include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, David Zeiger’s SIR, NO SIR! and WINTER SOLDIER and most recently the Academy Award nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and the award winning CITY OF GOLD. Jerry’s award-winning short documentaries I PROMISE AFRICA and SOMETHING OTHER THAN OTHER have screened in over 100 film festivals around the world and he is a recipient of the Gordon Parks Emerging African American Filmmaker Award.



Clark Harris graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics. After graduation, he worked as an analyst at an economic consulting firm before transitioning into production work. He later worked at the post-production department of a major video game publisher. He went on to receive an MFA in Production at USC.

He has helped create numerous television commercials and industrial videos. He edited the award-winning documentary Altina.



Emmy-nominated composer, Miriam Cutler is passionate about scoring documentaries, among them Emmy winning, Sundance, and Oscar nominated films: ETHEL, LOST IN LA MANCHA, THIN, POSTER GIRL, KINGS POINT, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, AMERICAN PROMISE, VITO, DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART, SCOUTS HONOR, LICENSE TO KILL, ONE LAST HUG. Her score for THE HUNTING GROUND, received the Best Documentary Score Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA). Other recent films include LOVE GILDA, RBG, DARK MONEY, FINDING KUKAN, A PLASTIC OCEAN, THE BREAST ARCHIVES and EMILY ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS. She is currently working on a documentary about the iconic American writer, Flannery O’Connor.



Carl is an award-winning film and TV editor with a background in writing and directing.  

Work includes: Editor on HBO feature documentary “A Small Act,” Premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for a 2011 EMMY AWARD for BEST DOCUMENTARY. “Limited Partnership,” which won the prestigious Huminatas Award from the International Documentary Association in December 2014. Co-Producer and Additional Editor on the fiction film “Janeane From Des Moines,” The film Premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Carl was selected for the FIND Directors’ Lab for the screenplay “Lucky Boy,” and he was Quarterfinalist for the 2009 Nicholls Fellowship for his screenplay “Sugar Land,”  Carl is a Student Academy Award Winner for UCLA thesis film “The Confession.”



Janet Chen emigrated from Taiwan at an early age and grew up in California. She is an independent filmmaker, film producer and educator. She has worked for Visual Communications, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, L.A. Film Festival and Outfest. Her films have screened at various film festivals around the U.S. Currently, Janet is the Assistant Director for the Center for EthnoCommunications at UCLA. She is working on several film/media productions include the Building History 3.0 Minecraft project and the Asian American Studies Collective Memories project. Janet also co-teaches the Creating Community Media (social documentary) course series with filmmaker and Professor Renee Tajima-Peña at UCLA. She is also the Manager for A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network). Janet is completing a short documentary about Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown, Los Angeles and developing a documentary about the Tehachapi Loop and Chinese rail workers.



Pamela Racs is a graduate of both John Muir High School (Class of ’82) and the Art Center College of Design. For the past ten years she has run her own design business focusing on brand identity and retail design. For eight years she worked at adidas International where she advanced from Senior Designer to Creative Manager for the Portland global design team. She was responsible for corporate identity, global retail campaigns, store opening graphic installations in Europe, as well as art direction of athlete and concept photography. Some of her current clients include: Nike, Vancouver Food Co-op, Tempo Cycling and Pilates, and Arroyo Seco Films.



Robert’s first job out of college was working in Post Production on the Academy Award winning documentary, “Into the Arms of Strangers.” 12 years later, Robert is now an Associate Producer and Post Producing television and side projects. As a graduate of John Muir High School, c/o ’86, he is very honored that Pablo and his team have welcomed him onto “Can We All Get Along?”

“For unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together.” – Thurgood Marshall, 1974