Jeanne Allen claims that producers misled her about the nature of the film.
A documentary that is narrated by Matt Damon and takes aim at school choice and other ways of introducing competition to public school systems is itself being critiqued by the woman who inadvertently named the film: Backpack Full of Cash.
In the trailer, Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform is seen using her metaphor along with a cartoon visual of a student with dollar bills flying from his backpack. Allen now fears she’s been made the villain in the movie, and acquaintances who have seen it tell her “it’s five times worse than you imagine.”
Allen claims that Turnstone Productions, Stone Lantern Films and producers Vera Aronow and Sarah Mondale misled her about the nature of the film they interviewed her for, then turned her into the antagonist while her “nemesis,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, was made one of the heroes.