What is the Gülen Movement? And why are its members operating an ever-growing network of taxpayer funded charter schools in the United States? KILLING ED exposes the rapid growth of a new, global Islamic movement in America - and the support that politicians, trade groups and others promoting education 'reform' have apparently received from its members.

Interviews with former members of the “Movement” - as well as those falsely imprisoned and tortured abroad by its followers - provide a shocking look at its operations. Teachers, experts, politicians, and others interviewed across the USA provide first-hand insight into the problems at the 149 charter schools and, in some instances, the lackadaisical responses to these problems that affect tens of thousands of children across the nation.

KILLING ED is the first feature-length documentary (94 minutes) to uncover the complex and troubling facts about this group.

  • Mark S Hall
    Sushi: The Global Catch, Mission on Seven
  • Mark S. Hall
    Sushi: The Global Catch, Mission on Seven
  • Andrew James
  • Brian Satterwhite
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080p, 2.5K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita, Kansas
    October 16, 2015
    Preview Screening
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, Iowa
    United States
    April 22, 2016
    World Premiere
    Best Documentary Nominee
Director Biography - Mark S Hall

Mark Hall is an award-winning producer and director based in Austin, Texas. His latest feature-length documentary project, Killing Ed, was completed in late January, 2016. The film discusses the corruption and corrosive influence of a little-known, global Islamic group known as the Gülen Movement that operates the largest chain of taxpayer-funded charter schools in America and has become very politically powerful. Hall’s previous documentary feature, Sushi: The Global Catch, premiered in June 2011 at the Seattle International Film Festival where it won a special jury prize. The film has screened in theaters, television and at prominent festivals in North America and over 40 countries worldwide. It received major market theatrical release in August, 2012 through the New York distributor, Kino Lorber, Inc.

As an attorney and early Internet pioneer, Hall’s involvement with the film industry began when he began providing Austin filmmakers with legal and business advice on everything from location releases to copyright protection. Eventually, he began writing, directing and producing films of his own. Hall's first project, Mission on Seven, is a documentary exploring the film archive at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, which won a Platinum award at the Houston Worldfest Film Festival in 2010.

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