OT: Our TownDirector: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
The Los Angeles community of Compton has become infamous thanks to news reports and rap music lyrics that have portrayed it as an African-American neighborhood brought to the edge of destruction by corruption and black-on-black crime. In 2003, a handful of students and teachers at Compton's Dominguez High School decided to do something that hadn't happened at the… See more details below
The Los Angeles community of Compton has become infamous thanks to news reports and rap music lyrics that have portrayed it as an African-American neighborhood brought to the edge of destruction by corruption and black-on-black crime. In 2003, a handful of students and teachers at Compton's Dominguez High School decided to do something that hadn't happened at the school in more than 20 years -- put on a play. When it became obvious that the financially strapped school (which had recently canceled its football program) couldn't provide a budget for sets or costumes, the students did what money-conscious high-school theater departments have been doing for decades -- they staged Thornton Wilder's Our Town, a drama commonly performed without the use of sets or large props. But what would Wilder's allegorical story of life in a small turn-of-the-century Midwestern hamlet mean to kids in Compton? And would the inexperienced students and faculty be able to bring it off? OT: Our Town is a documentary which looks at Dominguez High's brave experiment and the people who struggled to make it happen.
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Cast & Crew
|Ebony Starr Norwood-Brown||Actor|
|Scott Hamilton Kennedy||Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer|
|Mark Pellington||Executive Producer|
|Threnody Ensemble||Score Composer|
1. Ghetto School [5:49]
2. 1 Month, 13 Days [9:06]
3. Relevance [3:38]
4. Act I: Daily Life [4:59]
5. 1 Month [4:40]
6. Act II: Love & Marriage [6:18]
7. 2 Weeks [3:44]
8. Act III: Death [5:27]
9. 1 Week [4:54]
10. 3 Days [6:44]
11. 24 Hours [2:49]
12. Opening Night [16:10]
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Biographies/Where Are They Now?
Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Producer/Director/Camera/Sound/Co-Editor
Catherine Borek, Teacher and Director
Karen D. Greene, Teacher and Director
Ebony Starr Norwood-Brown, Herself/"The Stage Manager"
Jackie Oliver, Herself/"Mrs. Soames"
Chris Patterson, Himself/"Mr. Webb"
Jose Valentin Perez, Himself/"Simon Stimson"
Jose "Hoozay" Velasquez, Himself/"Doc Gibbs"
Gabriela "Gaby" Galindo, Herself/"Constable Warren"
Archy Posada, Himself/"George Gibbs"
Armia Robinson, Herself/"Emily Webb"
Back Stage at Inherit the Wind, the Fourth Play at Dominguez High: Play Scene
Follow Up Interview With Ebony Starr Norwood-Brown: Play Scene
IFP Los Angeles Film Festival Post-Screening Q and A: Play Scene
Homecoming Sprinklers: Play Scene
Deleted Montage on Race - "What Do You Want Someone to Call You?": Play Scene
Deleted Scenes From Intro to Compton/Dominguez: Play Scene
Interviews on Auditioning: Play Scene
More on Death: Play Scene
Extra Archy: Play Scene
Extra Jackie With Her Sister Tangie: Play Scene
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