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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Delightful combination of documentary and stage show. Very affecting, with strong emotional content.Published 1 month ago by Movie Nut
Beautiful story about kids rising above all expectations and showing the resiliency they bring to their schools and communities.Published 2 months ago by Sasha M. Guzman
I love the way this portrays the very real struggles that the students go through and are able to pull it together at the end. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Maisonet
Moving true story of a poor town in CA where the high school and the town itself is known for little other than sports, problems and poverty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer A.
"Our Town" was not exactly our favorite play -- but this movie is genuinely wonderful.Published 5 months ago by Anne Theisen
I have begged and badgered lots of people into watching this wonderful movie. They all loved it! Saw it at the Palm Springs Film Festival where the audience laughed, cried, stood... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mandy Evans
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 21 months ago by Steve Ramm