ARROYO SECO FILMS PRESENTS

CAN WE ALL GET ALONG?

THE SEGREGATION OF JOHN MUIR HIGH

The story of one alumnus’ examination of his historically integrated high school and the events that led to the school’s current segregated student body. By the end of the film, he ponders the question of whether he would send his own son to the school today.

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

About this Project

CAN WE ALL GET ALONG? THE SEGREGATION OF JOHN MUIR HIGH is a PBS-quality feature documentary.

Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir High is a feature documentary following one alumnus of a historically integrated high school in Pasadena, California as he explores its transformation into one of today’s presumed failed and segregated public high schools and ponders whether to send his own son to the school. The film constructs a narrative around the stories of alumni, administrators and civic leaders of the John Muir High School’s diverse community to illustrate the challenges and failures of the city of Pasadena, the state of California, and ultimately the United States as a whole to promote well funded and diverse public education.

Support this Project

All JMHS alumni, family, friends and anyone who believes that diversity is an important element in public education are invited to help.

Thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of the John Muir High School Alumni Association, any donation is now tax-deductible. A donation of $50 or more adds your name to the DVD and streaming end credits. Feel free to forward this LINK to any family and friends who may want to support this documentary!

Meet the Filmmakers

PABLO MIRALLES

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

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 A. HENRY

CINEMATOGRAPHER

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

EDITOR

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.

MIRIAM CUTLER

MUSIC

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 PFIRMAN

STORY EDITOR

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

CO-PRODUCER

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

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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 EGAMI

POST PRODUCTION

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?”

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