Scott Hamilton Kennedy (who studied theater in college) was Oscar-nominated for his documentary "The Garden." His first film "OT: our town" chronicled a student production of the classic play. And yet it was still a surprise when the exclusive Los Angeles County High School for the Arts allowed him inside to shoot "Fame High."
The director says: "We live in a culture that puts a very high premium on fame. The idea of overnight success, exposure, and acclaim are aided by glossy reality television and a celebrity-obsessed populace. 'Fame High' is the counter argument to this illusion. It shows the unending hours of training and discipline needed to hone one’s craft."
What he'd like audiences to get out of the movie: "Embedded in our story are compelling characters and entertaining performances while also subtly showing the absolute importance of art education, especially in public schools. Many today young people don’t get the opportunity to study art unless it’s offered in a public school setting."
The biggest challenge: "The film was a beast: so many characters, so many hours of footage, budget constraints during one of our countries economic low points. But the most difficult part was finding the story. Luckily, the idea we started with rose to the top but the process to find it within the footage was long and exhausting but, ultimately, incredibly gratifying."
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