Reviews and Festivals
"Information is accurate, the energy level is high, and the constant examples of dedicated and inspired teachers making a difference make this a solid professional option."
— School Library Journal
"Takes an encouraging tone throughout, even when discussing topics like the social and economic injustices that prevent parents from accessing pre-K programs for their kids. Aimed at parents and educators, Starting At Zero has a bevy of strategies and studies about early education's importance and its impact on child development."
— Library Journal
"Starting at Zero provides a detailed analysis of the benefits and features of a well-supported statewide Pre-K program"
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Showcases the importance and power of investing in high quality early childhood education so that all children and families have equal opportunities."
"In this time of distress, 'Starting at Zero' enables us to imagine a brighter future"
— Telluride Inside...and Out
"A beautifully shot and compellingly argued case for expanding the definition of public education to include infants and toddlers...packed with insights and startlingly commonsensical remarks."
— Early Learning Nation
"A perfect film for 2020's push for racial equality, 'Starting at Zero' explores the power and societal impact of investing in high-quality early childhood education."
"As an early childhood educator for over 25 years, I found this documentary to be more than inspiring. It really captures the essence of what a quality early education looks like, which is not just learning A-B-C's. Starting at Zero reminds us all that, if we want to foster creative, collaborative, socially responsible individuals, we need to find a way to give all children a safe environment with high-quality teachers, so they can play, learn, create, laugh and eventually make a positive impact in the world."
"Starting at Zero makes a strong case for an often overlooked area of education, and it's important viewing for educators, policymakers, parents, and anyone with an interest in education."
— Common Sense Media
"With results like these it is hard to argue why programs like this are not being run throughout the country...what better use of government funds than to better the lives of our future."
— Top Tier Fandom
"Key features of high-quality early childhood learning environments and experiences are outlined and then brought to life as the film delves into the evolution of Alabama's #1 nationally ranked state Pre-K program."
— Film School Radio
"A fantastic documentary that really looks at all the challenges facing kids in their early education, which I think is so critical."
— Film Threat
"When I saw this documentary it really touched me, it was something that we really need to get out there, the importance of early education."
— The Jan Price Show
Accolade Global Film Competition, Award of Excellence
Film Invasion Los Angeles, Audience Choice Award, Outstanding Documentary Film
International Social Change Film Festival
La Femme Internatioal Film Festival
Central States Indie Fan Film Fest
Film Invasion Los Angeles
Northwest of NYC Film Festival
Lift-Off Global Network: The Hollywood First-Time Filmmaker Showcase