OT:OUR TOWN. A Famous American Play in an Infamous American Town
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I won't tell you how the play turns out -- I was concerned myself the closer they got to opening day and couldn't imagine what it was like for the teachers.
I wish movies like this were more widely distributed. For one thing, getting to know the student actors in this movie helped you see the real diversity in Compton -- how different but real each student was, how in some ways the stereotype was true (violence is a big problem in Compton and the students aren't self-disciplined and bring quite a lot of baggage to class) and yet they have potential, talent, and their own stories to tell.
I highly recommend this movie.
We get to see some the home life of the teens, but most of the film centers on their preparation for the play, and their enthusiasm for the project grows as the performance date draws near. The film ends with portions of the performance, and it is funny, touching, and wonderful to see the kids doing so well, in a play that one would think would be hard to transpose to present day Southern California. As a reference, clips from the 1977 television production starring Hal Holbrook and Robby Benson are used, during the preparatory footage.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy directed this documentary, and the students, though not famous yet, deserve mention. It stars Ebony Norwood-Brown as The Stage Manager, Archie Posada as George Gibbs, Armia Robinson as Emily Webb, and others in the cast include Jackie Oliver, Christopher Patterson, and José Perez. One hopes that having succeeded in this challenge, these students will continue to excel in more plays, and other areas of their lives. This was the first play presented by the Dominguez High School in 21 years, and Ms.Read more ›
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I'm JUST coming to this terrific film from 2005 which I found in the catalog of Film Movement - a company which "mines" the film festivals around the world and then releases them... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steve Ramm
I want to teach Our Town to my inner city students in LA. I saw this video available on Amazon and I thought I would buy it and watch it. I really liked it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wilma
It's a bit dated now, but I still enjoy showing it to my 11th graders after we watch Our Town. We talk about the ways Our Town can be modified for today and talk about how this... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Marykatherine Meyer
We viewed this in my Freshman Composition class after reading the play Our Town by Thorton Wilder. We were all very skeptical about the documentary but it showed the class how even... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Salvatore Talluto
Loved this documentary. It was real. Good focus on character development and the hard work involved in pulling off a production - in the school cafeteria no less - and in the... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Elisabeth Hargrove
Dominguez High, in infamous Compton, CA, has not produced a play in over twenty years. With no money and no stage, two teachers and twenty-four students attempt to produce Thornton... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
OT:Our Town presents an oasis of hope in a desert of despair. The teacher and students who take part in the theater production we, the audience, get to observe will connect with... Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by william I. Am
This doc knocked my socks off! If anything could make you believe in the universally transformative power of art, this might be it. Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Nathan T. Parker