ThinkFest Snapshot: M. Night Shyamalan

I Got Schooled: How Creative Thinking Can Solve Our Education Problems.

M. Night Shyamalan

We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Will producer, writer and director M. Night Shyamalan‘s ThinkFest talk have a twist ending? Only one way to find out.


While the Main Line-dwelling celeb is best known for films such as The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable, Shyamalan published his first book, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Key Steps to Closing America’s Education Gap, this September. He found inspiration, he told the Wall Street Journal, from a desire to “do more.”

“At first, he gave scholarships to inner-city children in Philadelphia,” the WSJ explains, but “he found the results disheartening,” because students seemed to feel “powerless.”

Shyamalan continues to be a strong voice for education equality.

You can catch Shyamalan's talk, "I Got Schooled: How Creative Thinking Can Solve Our Education Problems," one of 17 idea-sparking sessions during ThinkFest's Main Event, on Saturday, November 9th, at The Kimmel Center.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.