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On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins A Project of Documentaries

METCO stands for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Founded in 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, the program is the longest continuously running voluntary school desegregation program in the country and a national model for many to follow.


The civil rights movement is often taught as a Southern phenomenon. Yet, the struggle for racial justice occurred all over the country, especially in Northern cities. On the heels of the civil rights movement and in contrast to forced busing, METCO was an experiment initially conceived by a few "do-gooders" who were looking at it as an offshoot to fair housing & access to better employment opportunities.

On The Line looks back at the conflict of racial segregation in Boston's public schools in the 1960s and 1970s. the context and decisions that resulted in court-ordered busing, rather than the violence and tension that followed busing. Investigating the years prior to court-ordered busing helps to better understand current debates about segregation in public schools. As the United States becomes an increasingly diverse nation, it is particularly relevant for students to think about how people from different backgrounds build relationships based on mutual respect and shared understandings, and the role of schools in the endeavor


OTL makes use of photo-montage recreations, interviews, original field footage and recordings, to examine the METCO integration experience through the lens of native Boston minority students who attended public school in the affluent suburb of Lexington, MA, along with counter-responses from suburban students and faculty directly impacted by the program long after the bus ride ended. Capturing historical context of its', founders, polarizing activists, teachers, parents and champions of the movement.


WHY MAKE THIS FILM:

It is more crucial than ever to develop and promote working models of educational institutions that approximate the larger society students will someday join. In this regard, OTL challenges the viewing audience on their own interpretation of "integration" and its' meaning within the existence of their own reality. The film's central hypothesis is rooted in thought provoking context related to the ultimate interpretation of "integration", its' clinical definition vs. the interpretation of those involved in its' process.


Hypothesis - If we open up the minds of many to broaden their internal understanding of the power of integration and its meaningful potential, then our lives, livelihood and contributions to society as a whole will be greatly expanded for the better.


Final dollars are needed to complete post-production editing, which includes capturing key archived footage, photos for historical placement, professional narration and last minute production adjustments to bring key subjects into scope, rounding out the story line.





ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:


Mike Mascoll Executive Producer, Director, Screen Writer

Mike is a native of Boston. He began his academic journey as a METCO student in Lexington Public Schools, grades 3-12. The academic exposure in Lexington propelled him on to Boston College where he received his degree in Speech Communications with a concentration in Media Studies. At the age of 18, Mike embarked upon his first entrepreneurial endeavor, becoming the first African-American male model for L.L Bean while working under contract for feature, commercial, print, runway and industrial films. At the age of 28, he invested his earnings and became CEO of a successful wireless start-up- later becoming a key business development executive for a well-known technology corporation. Today, Mike continues to focus on Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial endeavors. He recently launched, LEV Media Group, another start-up specializing in media production, documentary film-making, talent development & engagement management services.

Nerissa Williams: Assistant Director, Line Producer

Nerissa is the CEO of TCGT Entertainment and the Assistant Manager for the Emerson College Paramount Film Sound Stage . She recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from Emerson and her undergraduate degree from Hampton University where she received a BA in Fine & Performing Arts. She began her career at age 4 on stage and worked her way up to Producer and Production Manager of live events, theatre, music, short films and television shows. Featured work can be found at tcgtentertainment.com.

Richard TK Hawke: Editor, Post Production

Richard manages a multi-media production company specializing in video and photo production / post-production. He works in collaboration with a wide range of visual artists, musicians, and writers creating fresh, unique, and engaging visual content. Featured work can be found on Hawke.tv


$2,425 Raised
24% towards $10,000 Goal

Supported by 22 Donations:

  • Kate  D.
    I grew up in Lexington, as kids we did not understand the politics of the program. It's important for that to be understood.
  • Patricia Y.
    I Gave $50
    Keep it moving forward. A story worth telling.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
    Metco is one of the reasons I'm proud to be a Lexington resident. I loved being a Family Friend!
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I am looking forward to watching this! Anne Carothers (current Diamond principal)
  • Stephen H.
    I Gave $100
    We were a proud host family for the Metco program in Lexington. Can't wait to see this.
  • Amy G.
  • Carl E.
    I Gave $1,000
    It means the world to all involved in the experience and the forward progress of the production.
  • Lael H.
    Thankful for the friends I made and the diverse opportunities we were all given through this program.
  • Deb S.
    Great project. I have been involved with METCO as a Lexington host family for a decade. It is an important program for our community.
  • Pat S.
    Boston resident students in the Metco program enriched my family; happy to support Mike's efforts to tell the story… Pat S
  • Stacy A.
    METCO works!
  • Evagrio M.
    I Gave $50
    "On the Line" is a vitally important piece of the big puzzle that addresses the importance of successful racial integration in our world.
  • Richard C.
    I Gave $100
    I was the METCO Counselor in Lexington throughout the 1970s until I moved to LHS. Wonderful kids, great program, turbulent times.
  • Doug K.
    I Gave $250
    Happy to help this important effort. Can't wait to see Mike's take on the experience of being a METCO student in Lexington.
  • David R.
    I Gave $100
    Tremendously enriching experience in both winning championships and bonds of long-lasting friendships.
  • Donez C.
    I loved my METCO student and loved even more taking the bus home to her house! So blessed to have been a part of this program at LHS.
  • Kerry  B.
    I Gave $50
    An amazing program was paramount in establishing lifelong friendships.
  • Nancy M.