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Business Stories at the Khabele School: Behind the scenes

February 26, 2012

A documentary-style video is a great way to capture the story behind a business or organization. The Khabele School, in Austin, Texas, has one of the best stories that I’ve heard. The downtown private school is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the founders are still  surprised at their success.

Moya and Khotso Khabele, a husband-and-wife team, started the school when they were in their early twenties. The Khabele School, then called The Learning Community, opened its doors a few weeks after the director of the school they had been teaching at ran off, never to be seen or heard from again.

They started the school in a church, with no money, and minimal teaching experience. They offered their first teachers a salary of $10,000 a year. Oh, and Moya was pregnant with her first child. Here’s Khotso, 10 years on:

Full disclosure: My husband is the music director at the Khabele School. When he told me this story, I was shocked and fascinated. The story had it all: A runaway director, youthful and idealistic heroes, crazy students, and high stakes.

I partnered with Deborah Toodle, the producer behind Elevated Evolution, to tell this story in a short documentary film, as part of  a project we’re collaborating on. We worked with the dream team of Roberts to bring the story to life. Not kidding, both our cameramen are named Robert.

The Khabele School takes up a city block of beautiful buildings, including this beautiful historical mansion where we set up a shot in the loft. Our first interview featured Caitlyn, the first student to go through grades 6 – 12 at Khabele.

Here’s Deborah, with Caitlyn.

I handled the audio and the interviewing. I think you can tell by the smile on my face that this is what I love to do.

I’m very proud to say that we are working with the best team with the best equipment.

We’re currently working on post-production. Stay tuned for the results, and more news about the project!

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