Global Generation Premiere Screening
Monday, October 22, 2018
The Cressey Center for the Arts
Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres social
Premiere of "Global Generation"
a documentary film featuring the LFA community and campus
Q&A Discussion with Emmy-Award winning filmmakers
Mike Leonard '66 & Mary Kay Wall Afterwards
About Global Generation
Mike Leonard and Mary Kay Wall spent an academic year with students from the 33 countries and 16 U.S. states represented at Lake Forest Academy, to understand how young people from all around the world live and learn together, overcome misconceptions, create, connect, and cope with their generational challenges: social media vs. solitude; pressure and peer re-enforcement; individuality and diversity.
Throughout the year, Leonard and Wall oﬀered group sessions on various aspects of filmmaking, and provided individual evaluation of student-submitted films. Other students participated through interviews, musical contributions, drone-camera operation, and technical assistance.
Lake Forest Academy alumnus Mike Leonard ’66 is a retired feature correspondent for NBC Today and the author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Ride of Our Lives – Roadside Lessons of an American Family.” His assignments have taken him across the United States and around the world in search of stories that define our lives. After more than 30 years in the field of broadcast journalism, Leonard retired from NBC News in 2012. His latest project is inCommon, a nationally syndicated public television show focused on everyday people and aspects of life we all share in common.
Leonard earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1970 from Providence College in Rhode Island, where he played for the varsity hockey team. Leonard served as a member of the LFA Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2017 and was inducted into the Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1991. Leonard and his wife, Cathy, live in Winnetka, Ill., and are the parents of two daughters and two sons. They also have eight grandchildren.
A filmmaker, writer, and multiple Emmy Award-winning producer, Mary Kay Wall is the executive producer of Leonard Films. Wall and Leonard have co-created 20 films for television and other platforms. Their newest project, inCommon, is a public television and online series of documentaries about aspects of life we all share, with a current focus on people forging solutions to challenges and finding ways to bridge the societal divide.
Mary Kay graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. She holds a master’s degree in communications and is the mother of five young adult children.