The upcoming Sundance doc “Bad Kids” is set to turn its eponymous moniker on its head.
From accomplished filmmakers Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, “Bad Kids” is about the children at school you avoided, or felt bad for, or made fun of or just didn’t understand. At a high school in the middle of the Mojave desert, educators and administrator alike believe that empathy, life skills, and the constancy of a caring
adult are the differences that will give at-risk students command of
their fates. Principle Vonda Viland will wake up at the crack of dawn to give any student a ride to school. “Bad Kids” follows Vonda and her “bad kids” Joey, Jennifer, and Lee, who wrestle with traumatic odds like abuse, addiction, homelessness and teen parenthood.
The film accurately asserts that America’s most pressing education problem is poverty, and follows it up with an emotional, immersive, and insightful look into the least fortunate kids in your high school. “Bad Kids” will premiere Friday, January 22 in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition.