Scott Hamilton Kennedy's charming follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated The Garden captures all the drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph among a group of freshman and senior students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular graduation performance, this crowd-pleasing coming-of-age documentary is a tribute to discovering your passion, embracing your talent, and taking it to the next level.
Kennedy's vérité approach is a refreshing perspective on his subject and a potent complement to phenomena like Glee and American Idol that have captivated audiences with stories like this—of young underdogs finding expression and success through the performing arts, particularly in that crucial moment before adulthood. Kennedy's teens are charismatic and endearing characters, whose at-home and in-school dramas prove to be as absorbing and inspiring as any that you'd find on-stage or behind-the-scenes. The kids of Fame High teach us the value of finding your voice, not only in art, but in life.
Length: 101 minutes
Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Screenwriter: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Producer: Leilani Makuakane, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Editor: Jillian Moul, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Executive Producer: Rick Rosenthal, Chip Rosenbloom, Leilani Makuakane, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Composer: Doug DeAngelis
Sound: Paul Hackner
Primary Cast: Grace Song, Brittany Hayes, Zak Astor, Ruby McCollister
Scott Hamilton Kennedy directed The Garden, which garnered rave reviews around the world and was nominated for an Oscar. His previous documentary, OT: our town (TFF 2002), earned numerous awards and was short-listed for an Oscar. He is currently developing several narrative projects.
This film is appropriate for teenagers and up.