While reality television has been dominating the airwaves in recent years, most of the popular shows in the format have been devoted to topics that were trivial at best (Survivor and The Amazing Race) and offensive at worst (Date My Mom and Straight, Gay or Taken?), and Bob Gliner decided to do something about it. Gliner is a documentary filmmaker who also teaches sociology at San Jose State University, and in 2005 he posted notices on campus inviting students to a casting call for a new kind of reality series. However, Gliner's concept was out of the ordinary -- rather than putting his participants on an island, sending them out on a cross-country race or forcing them to live in a house together, he divided twelve students into four groups, and gave them each an assignment to devise a project that would help people in need in the San Jose community, such as low-cost housing, health care for low income families, or credit counseling for consumers in debt. Making It Right is a documentary about Gliner's proposed television series and the student who signed on for the challenge and used their competitive spirit to help make the world a better place for others. Making It Right received its world premiere at the 2007 Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.
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