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Tulsa filmmaker premiers documentary on Oklahoma's education woes

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Titus Jackson started work on "Brokelahoma" in 2015 almost by accident. (KTUL)

Titus Jackson is a man with a sharp wit, and a point to make.

"The film is part love letter to educators, part angry letter to what's happening to education in Oklahoma, or what's happening to education as a whole," Jackson says.

Jackson started work on "Brokelahoma" in 2015 almost by accident.

"I have three children in public schools and I noticed how big their class sizes were and it was kind of freaking me out. I used that as an opportunity to talk to the teachers. I told them, 'hey guys, I'll make this video for you, let me interview you and we'll see where it goes'," he said.

It turned into an hour and forty-minute dive into the politics of the Sooner State and focusing in on the education system. Shawna Mott-Wright with TCTA had already seen the movie before tonight's premiere.

"I'm really proud to call him my friend. It's a really good all-encompassing picture of what's going on in Oklahoma," said Mott-Wright.

But Jackson was very conscious to not make this a laundry list of everything wrong.

"Basically, let me put it to you this way, a public education documentary is not going to be the most sexy of topics to people. What I do to make it interesting is I put some humorous stuff in there, a couple of vignettes to illustrate some concepts we're talking about in the film," he said.

He's hoping that humor will lure in Oklahomans who may otherwise be apathetic to the situation. One that he thinks can be solved.

"I think it's absolutely a fixable situation, by all means. It's a matter of us starting to collaborate together and stop being so stinking divided as a state and as a people," said Jackson.

"Brokelahoma" is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, and also has a Facebook page.

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