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How filmmaker Kevin Shaw shaped Chicago schools controversy into the rousing documentary ‘Let the Little Light Shine’

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CHICAGO — We’ll get to the high point — the explosive reception so far for filmmaker Kevin Shaw’s irresistible Chicago documentary “Let the Little Light Shine” — in a minute. But first, a long-ago moment of reckoning. Late 2003. The film: “National Treasure,” starring Nicolas Cage. Then in his early 30s, already with considerable experience working on sports documentaries for ESPN, Shaw served as a Directors Guild of America trainee on that Disney movie. “Four different locations throughout New Jersey and Lower Manhattan,” Shaw recalls. “Eighteen, 20-hour days. My job was to assist the assista…

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