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 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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