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No Small Matter

Directed by Alpert, Siskel and Jabocs
Documentary Feature
USA | 74 min | 2018

NO SMALL MATTER confronts America’s most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, No Small Matter reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff-for our kids, our families, and our country-of getting it right.


But seriously folks: When people ask us, “Why a film about early learning?” that’s about all we have to say. As you’ll see in the film, early learning has such explosive potential to shape children’s futures, and reshape our society, it’s the most rational, no-nonsense, high return investment that we can make. Duh!

– Danny Alpert, Greg Jacobs, and Jon Siskel

Sponsored by Stateline Community Foundation
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No Small Matter - Danny AlpertDanny Alpert

Danny Alpert is a director, editor, and producer. In 2002, this documentary work was nominated for both Academy and national Emmy Awards. His films have aired on PBS, HBO and A&E and at festivals around the world. Alpert was Series Director and Executive Producer on The Calling, a groundbreaking documentary series that shares the journeys of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Americans who have decided to enter the clergy. The series aired nationally on PBS’ acclaimed series Independent Lens in December 2010. His previous film, A Doula Story, about a remarkable woman who empowers disadvantaged pregnant teenagers with the skills and confidence to become loving mothers, aired on PBS stations across the nation. Alpert also directed A History of God, a two-hour documentary special for A&E
Networks, based on the bestseller by British theologian Karen Armstrong. He coproduced and edited Legacy, a feature length documentary for HBO, which was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, a National Emmy for Best Documentary and was an official selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. From 1994 to 1997, he produced No Time to be a Child, a three-part series that aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for a national Emmy Award.

No Small Matter - Greg JacobsGreg Jacobs

Greg Jacobs co-founded the Chicago-based television and documentary production company Siskel/Jacobs Productions in 2005. Prior to Siskel Jacobs Productions, he served as VP/Chief Creative Officer at Towers Productions, where he oversaw the content of more than two hundred documentaries on five different networks, including award-winning shows and series for A&E, History, Discovery, The Weather Channel, and CNN. A graduate of Yale University, Greg has a master’s degree in history from Ohio State, and is the author of Getting Around Brown: Desegregation, Development, and the Columbus Public Schools. He is also a 2016 New America fellow.


No Small Matter - Jon SiskelJon Siskel

Jon Siskel co-founded the Chicago-based television and documentary production company Siskel/Jacobs Productions in 2005. Prior to Siskel Jacobs Production, he was executive producer and co-creator of the series “Fake Out”, which ran for two seasons on Court TV. He also produced shows for the A&E series Investigative Reports and Biography, and his work has been shown on the Travel Channel, Discovery, and History. Jon serves on the board of directors of Free Spirit Media, a Chicago-based youth media organization.

Film Information

Director: Danny Alpert, Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel
Country: USA
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 74 min.
Rated: PG


Executive Producer: Alfre Woodard
Rachel Pikelny
Writer: Greg Jacobs

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