THE BAD KIDS is a Sundance Documentary Special Jury Award Winner for Verite Filmmaking from the acclaimed directors of LOST IN LA MANCHA. An immersive, emotional, and gripping spin on the educational doc, the film shines light on an incredible subject. 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 here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. THE BAD KIDS is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal's mission to realize the potential of these students whom the system deemed lost causes. Employing a verite approach during a year at the school, the film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at risk teens--a 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.

  • Pre-show and trailers run for approximately 20 minutes before the movie starts.1 hr 41 minNR
  • Documentary

Cast & Crew

  • KEITH FULTONDirector

  • LOUIS PEPEDirector

  • KEITH FULTONProducer

  • LOUIS PEPEWriter


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