THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE
by George Guthridge & Deborah Schildt
Adapted from the book “The Kids From Nowhere” by George Guthridge & Deborah Schildt
Family | Drama | True Story
Logline: Coached by a teacher who is becoming increasingly ill, six Eskimo whaling village students, previously labeled “unteachable,” must overcome staggering educational obstacles and wrenching emotional difficulties in their quest to become the only team of Native Americans ever to win national championships in academics.
Dr. George Guthridge is an internationally honored novelist who twice has been the subject of international media acclaim for his successes teaching Alaska Native students. Despite having extremely low reading and writing scores and little world knowledge, and despite coming from a blizzard-swept Eskimo-island village school that had no computers and almost no books, under George’s tutelage they became the only team of Native Americans ever to win national championships in academics.
Since then, George co-developed one of the nation’s most successful college prep programs for Native Americans. Over 1200 of his rural Alaska Native students have graduated from college, including from such places as M.I.T., Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Notre Dame, Stanford, Annapolis, and West Point. He also was co-winner of the 1997 Bram Stoker Award for the Year’s Best Horror Novel, was runner-up for the Nebula Award for the Year’s Best Novelette (fantasy) and again for the Year’s Best Short Story (science fiction), and was a finalist for the Hugo Award in the short story category.
He and Deborah Schildt, who has forty years’ experience in the film industry, have won four international screenplay competitions for their adaptation of George’s nonfiction book, which itself was one of three national finalists for the Benjamin Franklin Award of the Year’s Best Book about Education. In May 2015, George retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He currently is in Korea, teaching writing to U.S. soldiers.