Homeschool Resource Roadmap Common Core Curriculum Watch


During the making of Class Dismissed, Common Core was a new initiative that started gaining widespread adoption due to $4.3 billion Race to the Top contest for education grants, and $2.3 billion to promote it from Bill Gates & his foundation.  Luckily, we did mention it in the movie, though the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law was a hotter topic at the time.

Common Core is getting the same amount of negative attention that NCLB received from both parents and teachers. One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom to customize a child’s education based on the way they learn best. It is no surprise that most homeschool families prefer not to follow Common Core and many try to avoid it.

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History of School Video Goes Viral


On October 29th we posted a clip from the movie about the history and origins of school in the U.S. It’s an eye-opening piece that touches on the Prussian military roots of the compulsory school movement that took place just over a hundred years ago in the U.S.

We knew it would resonate with our audience, but we didn’t realize how much it would spread on Facebook. Over 4,000 people shared the video, resulting in half-a-million people seeing it in their feed.

The post started like this:

It’s surprising how few people, including teachers and administrators, know the real history and reasons behind the…

Posted by Class Dismissed on Thursday, October 29, 2015

The video can also be seen by clicking the date above, or directly below from YouTube:

If you found that piece intriguing, check out the rest of the movie.

Where Are They Now? (Update on the family in the film)


It’s been one year since Class Dismissed premiered and even longer since we ended principle photography.  Lately a lot of people have been asking us how the family featured in the film are doing. The most common question we get asked about them is: “ Are they still homeschooling and what are they doing now?” Good questions for sure, so recently, we reached out to them and they were kind enough to give us the following update.

Yes we are still homeschooling,” Rachel told us, “But we are are rarely home!

Since finishing the film, Ana has switched her primary focus from Marine Biology to professional stage and theatrical makeup and is considering a cosmetology program. She’s been practicing her techniques on herself and her family with great results. Here’s one of her designs.

Ana also passed her driving test and is now able to drive herself and her sister Lily to the various classes and activities they’re involved in.  Many of those classes take place at a fantastic Los Angeles resource for homeschoolers called Urban Homeschoolers.

At Urban Homeschoolers both she and Lily have been working on goal setting — Ana wants to start a YouTube Channel for her makeup designs and Lily has been studying social and political movements through the history of Rock n’Roll as well as getting very interested in literature and spending lots of time reading and writing. Both girls are taking Biology and are involved in lots of activities with the new friends they’ve met there.

Lily is still very passionate about gymnastics and recently tied for first place at a regional competition. Here’s a picture.

Both Ana and Lily have been babysitting to make money and Ana recently got a job at a fabric company which helps fund her interests and travel.  And of course, being homeschooled makes traveling easier, especially since you can travel off-season. Rachel recently traveled to China and the UK and the girls visited Montreal as well as various places in the US.

As the girls get a little older, they’ve been considering their options for further education and college is still on the table if they choose to go,” Rachel told us. “With Ana in particular, we’ve been talking to Wes Beach who is an expert at helping teens put together college entrance transcripts for those who have not had a traditional high-school experience. But it will be up to her to decide if she wants to go.

Now that Rachel doesn’t have to drive the girls everywhere, she’s had more time to follow some of her own passions too. In addition to working at Todd’s video game studio a few days a week, she’s taking a painting class, and studying CranioSacral Therapy and Polarity at a nearby massage school. And Todd? Todd is doing what he does best — drawing, drawing and drawing. If you haven’t seen his brilliant work check out his blog here:

So that’s about it, lots of interesting things happening.  We’re loving life and learning all the time,” says Rachel.

We’ve said this before, but it bears saying again — Dustin and I are hugely grateful to Rachel and her family for allowing us into their lives to document their extraordinary journey from school to homeschool. We’ve heard from so many people all over the world whose lives have been changed by watching the film.

Thank you Rachel, Todd, Thomas, Ana and Lily.

Jeremy & Dustin

1-Year Anniversary and 3-Day See or Share Sale


Today, October 15th, marks the one-year anniversary of the world premiere of Class Dismissed! On that fateful day a year ago, we screened the film publicly for the very first time to a packed theater in Los Angeles, California.

It was an amazing night, although it didn’t begin that way.

Last minute preparations had kept us frantic, pre-purchased ticket sales had been slower than we had hoped for, we discovered we lacked proper permits for our photo-shoot with our red-carpet celebrity guests, and we barely even had time to check the master playback to make sure the film looked and sounded good. When the lights went down and we took our seats in the audience, we were exhausted and neither Dustin nor I had any idea what to expect.

But 90 minutes later when the lights came back up, the air was electric. Somehow we had pulled it off and the applause and comments from the audience during the Q&A validated everything we had gone through the four years leading up to it.

That night kicked off a whirlwind 32-city theater tour with more than half the dates selling out in advance. Combine that with over 275 community-organized screenings in 7 countries and we’ve come a long way since that first night!

So to celebrate our one-year anniversary, we’re having a special 3-day sale! For the next 72 hours you can get 30% off the cost of renting Class Dismissed and/or $25 off a screener pack
So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, now is the time. Or if you have seen it & enjoyed it, consider sharing it with your community (the screener pack comes with a license to screen the film).

To rent at a discount, simply visit and enter the code: oneyearspecial into the coupon box upon checkout. Then grab some popcorn and enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own home.

To purchase a screener pack at a $25 discount, visit this page:

Thank you for coming on this journey with us, enjoy the movie and as always thanks so much for your support.

Jeremy & Dustin

Rent Class Dismissed Today


Many schools are back in action, but we’re not letting homeschoolers off the hook. We’d like to issue an unexcused absence notice to many families who haven’t seen Class Dismissed yet. In all fairness, some of these may be excused absences. Perhaps they don’t like to buy DVDs of movies they haven’t seen. Perhaps they live in a country where DVD shipping is unreliable. Maybe they don’t even have a DVD player.

To remedy this situation, we’re excited to announce that:


The best part is, you don’t have to drive down to the movie rental store (do these even exist anymore?). To rent Class Dismissed, simply visit Once you rent it, you’ll have three days to watch it.

Our hope is that you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll still want to own a DVD copy. Or, even better, host a screening of the movie for your group or community.

So no more excuses. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, the movie is now available online, at your convenience.

For those who have seen the movie, we are excited to share in-depth extended interviews with you. If you’d like to hear more from experts in the movie like Blake Boles, Diane Flynn Keith, Jerry Mintz, Dale Stephens, Lisa Nielsen, Sandra Dodd, Linda Dobson, Pat Farenga, and Laurie A. Couture, check out the 6+ hours of extended interviews.

Thanks again to everyone for helping to spread the word about the film. With no distributor, we are really relying on people sharing the film by word of mouth. If you know of any non-homeschool families who are struggling with school that might benefit from the alternative approaches shown in this film, please share the rentable link to them as well.

Image disclaimer: The Jack Black photo does not imply he promoted Class Dismissed in a video store back in the 80s, nor does he necessarily endorse the alternative education methods shown in the movie (though if he’s anything like his role in School of Rock he may).

Class Dismissed Seeking Interns

The filmmakers behind Class Dismissed are looking for up to two interns for each state in the US and two from each country outside the U.S. The internship will be great exposure in online research, community building, marketing, and film distribution. You will be working with one of the leading web marketers and a film editor with over 25 years of experience (plus dozens of other interns).

The primary goals of the internship are:

1) Research potential groups to work with in your state/country.
2) Identify education influencers and press who should know about the film.
3) Help organize movie screenings in your state/country.

We are looking for interns who can commit to working with us for a minimum of one month, but preferably for three months with up to 10 hours of work a week. The internship is unpaid, but the experience will be valuable and you’ll be helping out a very important cause. For interns outside of the San Francisco or Seattle areas, we will be collaborating online. Parental permission is required for all interns under 18.

To apply, simply fill out the form below and click on the submit button.

Class Dismissed Now Available on DVD!

Dear friends and supporters,

It’s been a long journey….both in making this film and then with all the work arranging private screenings all over the country, flying out to many of them to promote the film, answer questions and meet so many of you…the people who made it all possible.

To say the response has been tremendous would be an understatement! Take a look here to see just a few of the comments that we’ve received from audience members.

Since Class Dismissed premiered in October 2014, we’ve had 28 official movie theater screenings and over 200 community organized screenings in 7 countries around the world and a large part of that success is due to people like you, who have stood behind the film and supported us on our journey.

So first off…a heart-felt thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us in one way or another, we are truly grateful and it’s made all the hard work so rewarding.

But despite our success, there are still many, many people who have not yet had an opportunity to see the film.

Which is why we are so excited to announce that:

Class Dismissed is now available on DVD!

With the release of the DVD, people everywhere can now see for themselves what  countless others have experienced in cities all across the country.

Class Dismissed DVD

So if you were unable to join us or couldn’t make a screening in your town, now is your chance to see the film. And if you did happen to catch it and want to experience it again or know of friends who’d like to see it, please pass along this news.

Here’s the link to purchase copies:

We hope you enjoy watching the movie as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.
Thanks so much for making the journey such a great one

Jeremy & Dustin

Coming in 2015

Many of you have been asking us what’s next and what plans we have for the coming year for Class Dismissed, so here’s a quick look at what to expect for 2015.

Film Festivals

Over the past several months we’ve been submitting Class Dismissed to film festivals all over the country and in other parts of the world (including Germany where homeschooling is illegal) and in early 2015 we’ll find out the results of those submissions. Getting acceptance at a film festival would expose the film to a very different audience and get us high level recognition, possibly even some distribution offers. Fingers crossed!

Many More Screenings

It’s been really challenging to distribute the film on our own, but despite the difficulties, we’ve had a lot of success, completely selling out 9 of the 12 screenings we’ve done so far. This is a better track record than many films (including those with distribution), so in 2015 we’ll continue to do what we can to get the film seen in as many places as possible. In fact, thanks to individuals and organizations that have purchased our DVD screener pack and taken it upon themselves to host their own smaller screenings, we’re thrilled to announce that we have no less than 21 screenings of Class Dismissed lined up in January alone!

Click on the map image to the right to see a live interactive map of where Class Dismissed has played and is playing next.

If you hosted a screening, or will have one that isn’t listed, contact us with the info and we’ll add it.

If you don’t see your city, here are three things you can do to ensure your community gets to see it:

  1. Purchase a screener pack and arrange your own smaller community screening. We now have 3 pricing options for the screener pack depending on how you want to show it. Here’s the link with details:
  2. If you think there is a large enough population of homeschoolers in your area for a full theater screening, help us locate a movie theater in your town & let us know what groups you are a part of, and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen. We’ll pay for the theater, set up ticketing and marketing efforts, and if we’re available, we’ll even attend and do a Q&A after the screening. More info here:
  3. And finally if you live in an area that hosts a major homeschooling or Alt Ed conference, help us connect with the right people and we’ll show the film at your favorite conference or gathering. We already have a few lined up but the more the merrier.

DVDs & Online Streaming

We’re still not sure when the regular DVD or streaming versions of Class Dismissed will become available. We expect it to be later in 2015, but don’t have an exact date yet. It mostly depends on how much interest there is in continuing the theater & community screenings. We’re really excited to make the DVD widely available, but there’s something special about seeing the movie with a crowd of homeschoolers, homeschool curious, and homeschool skeptics.

If you really can’t wait, technically you could get the DVD now via the screener pack, which includes the DVD (plus guides and other resources for hosting a screening). Perhaps you could talk your homeschool group or friends into helping you obtain it.

As you can see, 2015 is already shaping up to be a major year for Class Dismissed. Thanks for all your support and we hope to meet many of you soon at a screening near you!

~ Jeremy & Dustin



Year End Wrap Up!

As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to give you a quick recap of all that’s happened for Class Dismissed over the past 3 months.

After more than 4 years of hard work, we finally finished the film and premiered it in Los Angeles in October to a sold out crowd. It was an incredible feeling to be finally sharing the film with so many people, many of them having contributed in various ways to get us to that point. We then embarked on our West Coast tour, making stops in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Monroe, selling out all the screenings except Monroe. (Monroe has a very small population but we calculated that 1% of the population was actually at our screening that night!)

After a short break to recover, we continued on with screenings in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Charlotte, and Raleigh before circling back and finishing out the year in Santa Cruz, California. It was a crazy couple of months but we had a great time and learned a lot.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • We met people from nearly every homeschool and Alt Ed method and it was fascinating to talk to them and hear about their experiences.
  • In Charlotte we met several 2nd and even 3rd generation homeschoolers! Both new and longtime homeschoolers are enjoying the film and it’s been resonating with viewers on many different levels.
  • Almost all of the key experts in the film have now seen it at one or other of the screenings.
  • We received hundreds of positive comments and reactions to the film and it makes all the hard work we’ve put in so worth it! You can read some of those comments here.
  • We heard from a number of families who pulled their kids out of school after seeing the film.
  • We’ve had numerous teachers, educators, parents, homeschoolers and otherwise interested participants in our audiences and the questions and comments during the Q&A sessions have been great.

But getting the film out into the world has not been easy and we’ve had many challenges. Our schedule has been insane since launching the film. When we did our East Coast tour we did 4 screenings in 5 days in 3 states that took us through 7 airports! And to top it off we got rear-ended on the way to Boston during a very long post-thanksgiving drive from New York. (We were fine and so was the car, but it wasn’t fun.)

And being away from our own families has been tough, although getting to meet so many other families who are on this path has been very rewarding.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to see the film and who have supported us in so many ways. As a special treat we’d like to share these videos highlighting what audiences on the West and East coast tours thought about the film.


We wish you all a Happy Holiday season and we hope to meet more of you in the coming months.

Jeremy & Dustin

West Coast Screenings a Huge Success

Class Dismissed LA Premiere

The filmmakers with Ana from Class Dismissed plus Cozi & Nathan from Dolphin Tale

We wrapped up our West Coast screenings earlier this month and have been overwhelmed with the response so far. All of the West Coast screenings (LA, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle) completely sold out. The only exception was in the small-town of Monroe, WA where we were bumped up to their largest screen due to the crowd. Even more impressive–at the time of the Monroe screening, we represented over 1% of the city’s entire population.

We put together a little video highlighting some of the activity from the West Coast tour for you to enjoy:

Before we embark on our East Coast Tour, we’d like to thank everyone who made an effort to attend, spread the word, or host their own screening. We’re eager to get the film out to as many cities as possible.