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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD9502D
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 760137950295
  • Street Date: 12/12/17
  • PreBook Date: 11/07/17
  • Label: Filmrise »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 101 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2016
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Director: Keith Fulton
  • Director: Louis Pepe


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The Bad Kids

The Bad Kids
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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 has designated as lost causes. Employing a verité approach during a year at the school, this Sundance award-winning film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens -- a new father who cannot 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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Sales Points

  • 100% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes!
  • WINNER - Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Award

Press Quotes

An insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector.

     —Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

Bolstered by a confident fly-on-the-wall aesthetic and a suitably somber score by Michael Jacaszek, Fulton and Pepe locate both heartbreak and hope in their intertwined tales of people fighting to gain control of their (and others') lives.

     —Nick Schager, Variety

Original Score: A- One of the major points The Bad Kids makes is that most 'problem students' have common struggles that could be managed with the individualized attention that big public high schools can't provide.

     —Noel Murray, AV Club


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