The Education of Shelby Knox

Teens campaign for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in a deeply religious small town

2005 | Running Time: 76 minutes | Rating: NR

In 2005, Lubbock, Texas had a strict abstinence-only sex education policy and some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs. THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX chronicles the story of a deeply religious Southern Baptist teenager Shelby Knox as she joins the Lubbock Youth commission, a group of high school students representing their generation’s best interests to the city government. As the teens campaign for comprehensive sex education, Knox struggles to reconcile her new political beliefs with her religious views. As their movement expands to include a gay-straight alliance, Knox must navigate these inclusive values with the conservative beliefs of her family and pastor. THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Directors/Producers: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt; Executive Producer: Sally Jo Fifer, Cara Mertes

Sundance Film Festival 2005: Cinematography Award for Documentary, Grand Jury Prize – Documentary (nomination)
Sundance Film Festival 2005: Grand Jury Prize Documentary (nomination)
SXSW Film Festival 2005: Audience Award for Documentary
Sonoma Valley Film Festival 2005: Jury Award for Best Documentary
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2005: Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2005: Audience Award

“…a pungent civics lesson on what can and cannot be accomplished by one plucky, idealistic girl.”