Ballou

Overview

Filmmaker Michael Patrei follows the Ballou Marching Band and their leader Darell Watson as they make the journey to the National High Stepping Marching Band competition in Birmingham, IL and learn a thing or two about themselves in the process. Ballou Senior High School is located in South East Washington, D.C. An inner-city school from which only five percent of graduates go on to attend college, Ballou has a secret weapon in the form of bandleader Darrell Watson - a respected educator and highly valued member ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Michael Patrei follows the Ballou Marching Band and their leader Darell Watson as they make the journey to the National High Stepping Marching Band competition in Birmingham, IL and learn a thing or two about themselves in the process. Ballou Senior High School is located in South East Washington, D.C. An inner-city school from which only five percent of graduates go on to attend college, Ballou has a secret weapon in the form of bandleader Darrell Watson - a respected educator and highly valued member of the community. Along with his all-volunteer staff, Watson strives to provide his students with opportunities that might otherwise pass them by. In addition to giving them the tools needed to learn, he also teaches them important lessons that will help them succeed in life. Now, as the band makes their way towards the competition in Birmingham, IL, Watson's students discover just how far a little hard work can truly take them.
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Special Features

Over 40 Minutes of Extras!; Extended interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gen Colin Powell, Congressman John Lewis, Chuck Brown, and Denyce Graves; ; Extended and Deleted Scenes; Director and Producer Commentary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • UPC: 634479993862
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Garden Thieves
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Darrell Watson Participant, Participant
Jesse Jackson Participant, Participant
Colin Powell Participant, Participant
Marion Barry Participant, Participant
Denyce Graves Participant, Participant
John Lewis Participant, Participant
Chuck Brown Participant, Participant
Adrian Fenty Participant, Participant
Lewis Franklin Participant
Rhia Hardman Participant
Kenneth Horne Participant
Technical Credits
Michael Patrei Director, Editor, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Casey Callister Executive Producer, Producer
Maiko Yoda Callister Executive Producer
The Gifted Children Score Composer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ballou
   Documentary
   Bonus Features
      Extended Interviews
         Chuck Brown
         Denyce Graves
         Colin Powell
         John Lewis
         Jesse Jackson
      Deleted Scenes
         Mr Toliver: Cancer Survivor
         Christian
         UDC Bookfair
         Black Shoe Chase
         Animation
         Football Fun
         Try Outs: Candace
         Push-Ups: Extended
         Mr Watson Teaching
      Ballou Band Staff
         James Toliver
         Danitra Dorsey-Daniels
         Mary Holden and Lakisha Osbourne
         Raymond Shaw
         Tonisia Carter
         Darryl Jenkins
         Tyrone Huff
   Director's Commentary
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