Monday, January 16, 10:30 AM
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USA, 2011, 81 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Performance
Program: True Stories
When Taco, a high school student and former gang member, tells us how excited he is to perform the works of William Shakespeare, we know that the world has been turned on its head. This high energy and emotional documentary is proof positive that the arts can save lives and inspire young people to transcend even the most trying circumstances. In the tradition of such moving “competition” documentaries as PSIFF 2011’s Louder Than a Bomb and Wild Horse, Wild Ride, the film showcases a diverse range of high schools in the run up to the annual Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Competition. While the competition provides “high” drama, the strong emotional pull comes from the students’ stories.Besides Taco, we meet Tosh, an African American student and former gang member; Nicole from a loving, but impoverished family in the high desert community of Hesperia; and Galvin and Melvin, African American twins, who experience a shocking family tragedy. Taken together, these stories form a gripping narrative—almost as powerful as the works of William Shakespeare.
Director Alex Rotaru is expected to attend both screenings.
DIRECTOR: Alex Rotaru
Producer: Brad Koepenick, Lori Miller, Ronnie Planalp, Alex Rotaru
Editor: Drew Kilcoin
Cinematographer: Brian O’Connell
Music: Nathaniel Blume
Filmography: not a first feature
Print Source: Cinema Guild - www.cinemaguild.com