Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe / USA / 2016 / 101 mins / English / Documentary
“Bolstered by a confident fly-on-the-wall aesthetic and a suitably sombre score, [directors] Fulton and Pepe locate both heartbreak and hope in their intertwined tales of people fighting to gain control of their (and others’) lives.” – Variety.
Straight from Sundance, Special Jury Prize winner The Bad Kids looks into the hallways of a Mojave Desert high school devoted to carrying at-risk students over the finish line to graduation. Dedicated principal Vonda Viland gives every ounce of her energy to ensuring these kids wake up on time, make it to class, and avoid the life of drugs and crime that might otherwise ensnare them. Lost In La Mancha directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe bring a clear-eyed focus and beautiful camerawork to this sensitive, challenging portrait. Sometimes all we need is someone to recognize our value and worth before we can start to believe it. Here, the sheer willpower and true grit of both Viland and her students provides a deeply dramatic and heart-warming picture that’s bound to stay with audiences long after it’s over.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Bad Kids is also screening in:
SPREAD THE WORD
Palace Electric Cinema
AWARDS & APPEARANCES
Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking – Sundance 2016