EXCLUSION U sneak-peek in D.C.


Tue Jun 06 2023 at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Regal Gallery Place in Penn Quarter, D.C. | Washington, D.C., DC

EXCLUSION U looks at the real scandal in higher education. Join the filmmakers for a screening and discussion with experts. Dinner provided!
About this Event

Join Cora Media and activist documentary filmmaker Ginger Gentile (ERASING FAMILY, GOALS FOR GIRLS) for the final sneak-peak of EXCLUSION U before the world premiere!

This event is conveniently located for government employees at the Regal Cinemas in Penn Quarter, and is also open to members of the public. The evening includes a complimentary dinner catering/drinks and screening of the film, followed by a thoughtful discussion with a panel of the filmmakers and experts.

About the film: EXCLUSION U looks at the real scandal in higher education: How Ivy League Universities hoard billions while refusing to expand enrollments. These tax-exempt institutions are failing their mission to act in the public good. Interviews with low income students deans of admissions, and shocking financial information force the question: why do we continue to invest so much in institutions that invest so little back in us?

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm (check-in by 6:20 pm)

Where: Regal Gallery Place, 701 7th St NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20001

Admission: Free, with reservation only. Admission includes the complimentary dinner catering (food + beverages, incl. wine/beer). Attendees must check-in by 6:20 pm on June 6th, or reservation may be released to waitlist/walkups.

If the event reaches capacity, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist and we will confirm additional attendees as space allows. Government employees/press: please email [email protected] directly if the event has reached capacity.

Public Transportation and Parking: Take the Red, Yellow, or Green Line to Gallery Pl-Chinatown station (2-minute walk). Take the Orange, Blue, or Silver Line to Metro Center station (10-minute walk).

An hourly parking lot is available at Gallery Place, entrance on 6th Street NW between H Street and G Street. Parking for this event is not validated.

Questions? Email [email protected]

For more info about the film, visit


Learn more about the film: EXCLUSION U asks if Ivy League Universities are expanding educational opportunities or limiting them, despite their endowment growing by billions of dollars each year. Admission to an Ivy League university is the ultimate prize for low income students, as it promises to propel them to wealth while receiving a full ride. But what is the value of this prize if too few students obtain it?

Using a combination of financial investigation and heartbreaking interviews with low-income students, the true purpose of holistic admissions is revealed: to give an advantage to wealthy and connected students. By keeping admissions numbers low by driving up demand and not expanding class size, these colleges create a perverse incentive to donate more and more money to secure a spot. This cycle continues as donations grow tax-free in endowments that are never spent.

EXCLUSION U challenges the notion that these are “private schools” as they receive subsidies at a higher rate than state schools that educate needier students. Why does the United States allow these schools to hoard wealth while giving such little return on our collective investment? Why are we the only country in the world to use legacy admission? Do the communities in which these universities call home benefit from their presence or are they living in the shadow of the ivory tower?

The film ends on a call to action, as other universities public and private show the ivies how they can be elite, without being elitist. EXCLUSION U is a wake up call for any student who dreams of attending an ivy and for anyone who cares about our democracy.

To read more, visit ExclusionU.com

About the director: After graduating Columbia University, Ginger Gentile lived in Argentina for 13 years where she ran San Telmo Productions, whose clients include Nat Geo, A&E, Warner Bros, and Al Gore’s Climate Challenge. Her feature directing credits include ERASING DAD (Borrando a Papá, 2014) and GOALS FOR GIRLS (Mujeres con Pelotas, 2014) which follows slum girls fighting to play a sport off limits to women in Argentina: soccer. ERASING FAMILY (2019) exposes the trauma children suffer when a loving parent is erased by the divorce courts. Gentile was named an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver and has given talks at SXSW 2019, the Simply Parent Conference and appeared on numerous podcasts and TV shows.

About the producer: Veronica Nickel is currently a founding partner at Kashif Incubator, a nonprofit focused on artist development for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and disabled creators. Recently she led the documentary production company Cora Media, with the upcoming INHOSPITABLE. Her feature, the Netflix Original FIRST MATCH, premiered at SXSW in 2018 and won the Gamechanger and Audience Awards. Other recent credits include UNCORKED and A24’s Academy Award-winning feature MOONLIGHT. Nickel was chosen to take part in the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit, LAFF Fast Track Lab and Tribeca All Access Lab and has her MFA from Columbia University.


Where is it happening?

Regal Gallery Place in Penn Quarter, D.C., 701 7th St NW, Washington, D.C., United States

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