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The Bad Kids (2016)

  • Director: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 101 min.

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. [FilmRise]

We are partnering with OACAC to make this a FREE screening. There will be a 20 minute discussion afterward. Seating is first come first serve.

"The vérité approach in "The Bad Kids" gives viewers insight into a timely issue by literally putting a face on it."
- Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
"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
"An insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector."
- Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"This isn’t just a necessary or powerful story; it’s a well-told one. "
- Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
"Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary raises important questions about the limits of pedagogy. "
- Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine
"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
"Directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe dive right into the school’s maelstrom of tragedy, dysfunction and boundless optimism, delivering an insightful, affecting film that casts sympathetic light on a neglected educational sector in a manner that acknowledges the dedication of countless career educators and may even help inspire a new generation of teachers and social workers. "
- Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter