Film and television distributor FilmRise today announced they have acquired the worldwide distribution rights for the Sundance Film Festival documentary, “The Bad Kids.” The distributor is planning a theatrical release in September, with the film also getting a television debut on the upcoming season of the lauded PBS series “Independent Lens.”
The new feature comes from award-winning filmmakers Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe and is billed as an “observational documentary chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of students whom the system has deemed lost causes. Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student has fallen so far behind that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school – Black Rock is their last chance. Employing a verité approach during one year at the school, ‘The Bad Kids’ follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens – new father who can’t support his family, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse, and an angry young man from an unstable home – through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.”
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Of the pick-up, FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher commented, “Tackling one of the most pressing issues in the American educational system, ‘The Bad Kids’ sheds light on the exceptional work of public school teachers helping students rise above generational poverty. An inspirational story, the film proves there is hope in even the most difficult circumstances, and we are honored to be bringing the film to theaters this fall.”
Check out a new clip from another recent FilmRise acquisition, “Silicon Cowboys,” below.