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Parsons - the School that Changed the Rules - is the fifth in the critically acclaimed Fairfield History Series. It uncovers the truth behind the unprecedented growth and sudden demise of Parsons College through accounts from past students, faculty members and educational leaders.
The film’s historical research team has uncovered what was really behind Parsons’ rapid growth in the 60’s from 350 to over 5,000 students. Archival footage and photos along with an amazing soundtrack bring to life the first-hand accounts of what really happened at Parsons College and what caused its tragic closing in 1973.

  • Dick DeAngelis
    Ahead of Their Time, A Place to Grow, Heroes of Fairfield, Life Before Fairfield, Cedar Creek
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    1 hour 18 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    80,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Dick DeAngelis

Award-winning filmmaker Dick DeAngelis directs and produces this feature documentary about Parsons. His insights into the history of southeast Iowa earned him the Loren Horton Award from the Iowa Historical Society. Dick formed a local non-profit group of over 100 volunteers who have helped him produce the Fairfield History Series.

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