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A Letter from John Corcoran

When I was a schoolboy, my sweet mother would awaken me and my five sister by gently wiggling our feet and saying in a soft voice, ”It'’s time.” She repeated this gentle effort two or three times until we got out of our slumber and our beds.

It is time.


The time is now for all of us to nudge others. Gently, or a bit vigorously if need be, to tell them, Wake up. Please. Shake off your slumber and get engaged in America’s most important educational, civil and human rights issue.

You can help us reach our goal of 1 million viewers. Compile a list of 100 people who you believe need to see this film. Reach beyond your network — think of community leaders, public figures, policy advocates. Who can you reach with this important message? Encourage them to watch the film and spread the word as well.

Together, we can reveal this invisible crisis hidden in plain sight. Together, we can tell the world to wake up.

John Corcoran

Founder, John Corcoran Foundation

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A Note from the Director

From the very beginning, our team was inspired by the story of John Corcoran and his courageous journey from illiteracy to literacy. As we delved deeper into his story, we were astounded by the sheer magnitude of the problem of illiteracy in America. It became clear to us that this was a topic that demanded attention, understanding, and action.

Driven by a sense of responsibility and our passion for storytelling, we embarked on what would become one of the longest and most intensive endeavors we've ever undertaken. We conducted dozens of interviews, traveling coast to coast, speaking with experts, educators, and advocates who generously shared their insights and experiences with us.

We also had the privilege of hearing from individuals who bravely shared their own stories of learning to read as adults, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs they faced along the way.

We approached each interview with a deep sense of curiosity and dedication, eager to understand the complexities of literacy and education in America. As we reflect on this journey, we are filled with pride and gratitude.

We are proud of John Corcoran, whose resilience and determination have inspired countless individuals around the world.

We are proud of all the individuals who shared their stories with us, knowing that their courage will help spark meaningful conversations and drive positive change.

And we are proud to share this documentary with the world, knowing that it has the power to educate, inspire, and ignite a movement to combat illiteracy and promote literacy for all.

Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout this journey. We are honored to have had the opportunity to bring this important story to life, and we look forward to sharing it with you and audiences everywhere.

Nick Nanton

EMMY® Award Winning Director/Producer

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