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This story is part of our news archives, prior to July 2010.

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Kianna Goodwin ’11 (Venice, Calif.) is having the summer of her life interning for Lesley Chilcott, who co-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Chilcott and An Inconvenient Truth’s director, Davis Guggenheim, are co-partners in Venice-based Electric Kinney Films, which also recently produced the documentary It Might Get Loud. That film, which premiered last year, features three generations of electric guitar legends—Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Jack White of the White Stripes, and the Edge of U2—playing and discussing their work.

This summer’s project, for which Goodwin is serving as a researcher, is a documentary about public education and what’s working or not working about it right now. Goodwin expects the film to be completed this winter.

Goodwin is a philosophy major who regularly takes art classes at Mac and won an award for an animated film she co-created last spring. She remains unclear about what sort of job she’d like to pursue after graduation. Her internship, she says, “is partly about seeing which jobs actually exist and what they involve.”

What she’s found out is that “some of those jobs are pretty amazing. What’s cooler than what I’m doing this summer, getting to throw yourself 100 percent into an area of interest and come out an expert who can make a film about it?”