Lake Forest Academy doc to air Oct. 25-27 on WTTW

Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall at LFA

Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall at LFA

A new film by
Mike Leonard and
Mary Kay Wall
highlights the school’s
unique approach and
diverse experiences

(Chicago — 5 October 2018) Lake Forest Academy is proud to announce a new film about the school’s global approach to education. Global Generation will have a free public screening on the LFA campus on Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. and also airs on WTTW – Channel 11 on October 25 – 27.

LFA Alumnus and Emmy award-winning correspondent Mike Leonard ’66 and Mary Kay Wall, producer for inCommon Chicago, filmed the documentary.

The Academy focuses on developing global citizens through unique educational experiences within a diverse and caring community characterized by a culture of participation, rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values. Lake Forest Academy is a racially, ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse school and cultivates students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility.



Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall create documentaries that share stories about Chicagoans for WTTW. The producers spent an academic year with students from 33 countries around the world – all represented at Lake Forest Academy.

In the documentary, Mike and Mary Kay discover how a diverse group of students live and learn together; overcome misconceptions; create, connect, and cope with their generational challenges; social media vs. solitude; parents, pressure, and peer reinforcement; individuality and diversity.

The overarching question: what do these interactions teach viewers about common humanity and human possibility against the backdrop of a divided country and world?

The Global Generation public screening event is at LFA on Monday, October 22 and starts at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour. The movie will begin screening at 7:30 p.m. and a discussion with the film producers will take place afterwards until 9 p.m. To RSVP, click here.

WTTW airings are October 25 at 9 p.m., October 26 at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., and October 27 at 2:30 a.m.

About the Producers
Lake Forest Academy alumnus Mike Leonard ’66 is a retired feature correspondent for NBC Today and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Ride of Our Lives – Roadside Lessons of an American Family. His assignments have taken him across the United States and around the world in search of stories that define our lives. After more than 30 years in the field of broadcast journalism, Leonard retired from NBC News in 2012. | A filmmaker, writer, and multiple Emmy Award-winning producer, Mary Kay Wall is the executive producer of Leonard Films. Wall and Leonard have co-created 20 films for television and other platforms. | Their newest project, inCommon, is a public television and online series of documentaries about aspects of life we all share, with a current focus on people forging solutions to challenges and finding ways to bridge the societal divide.

About Lake Forest Academy
The Academy is a co-ed, day and boarding college prep school with 434 high school students who come from 33 countries and 16 states in search of rich and rewarding learning experiences. The 118 faculty and staff are committed individuals who are passionate about education. | The 150-acre campus is located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, Ill. School community members enjoy a vibrant boarding school environment characterized by a culture of participation, rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values.

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