Coded: Ep. 1: Spontaneous Combustion
LENGTH: 8 min. 24 seconds
Shae, an idealistic teacher, embarks on a new job teaching five tenth graders with severe behavioural issues, all coded. As Shae gets drawn into his students' personal lives, he finds himself in murky, ethical territory.
An idealistic teacher sacrifices his career and relationship to reach his at-risk students.
SHAE FITZGERALD thinks his new teaching job is a perfect chance to change the world. Unfortunately his class, five students with severe emotional and cognitive problems, doesn’t share his enthusiasm. Shae also must contend with SARAH, the war-hardened principal, RYAN the back-stabbing VP, and CARLY, the mother of a student who has Shae in her sights. Shae crosses the line most teachers don’t cross: the one that leads into his students’ personal lives. This brings him into ethical territory that grows increasingly murky, until he risks sacrificing his career and relationship on the altar of his idealism. "Coded" explores how idealism butts up against the real world, and what happens when people open themselves up to the lives of others.
We have an amazing team of folks with guerilla and mainstream film-making experience who will bring the world of Coded to life with truth and style. We are still looking for another experienced producer to help pull the logistics together.
Code 42: Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) Family: Lives with both parents. Notes: Braden has issues with authority, and seems incapable of following instructions. Many incidents of extreme disrespect.
Code 42: Severe Behaviour Disorder Family: Lives with grandparents Notes: Kevin's test scores suggest profound academic potential. Testing reveals no clinical diagnosis. Behaviour (violence, disrespect, etc) precludes mainstream classroom situation.
Code 42: Severe Behaviour Disorder Family: Lives with both parents Notes: Katherine was an A student until her behaviour turned in grade 8. Multiple drug/alcohol incidents. Uses sexuality to manipulate and provoke.
Code 99: Asperger's Syndrome Family: Lives with his father. Notes: Josh is good-natured and intelligent, but the chaos and noise of the mainstream classrooms brings on emotional episodes.
Code 42: Severe Anxiety Disorder Family: Toni lives with her mother. Notes: Toni's anxiety usually manifests as panic attacks, but she also suffers from violent outbursts. Her academic abilities are difficult to assess.