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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

NIGHT SCHOOL

TFF 2016 Directed by Andrew Cohn
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE NIGHT SCHOOL [TFF 2016]

Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Night School follows three adult students living in the city’s more impoverished neighborhoods as they attempt to earn their diplomas while juggling other difficult responsibilities and realities. Through their stories, the filmmakers explore many issues that low-income Americans deal with, including unjust minimum wage and working conditions, arbitrary legal hindrances, and race and gender inequality.



Director Andrew Cohn observes the individual journeys of Greg, Melissa and Shynika as they fight to better themselves and their situations. Each has their own personal reasons and motivations but ultimately they have realized graduating to be a crucial stepping stone to bettering their lives. As in Cohn’s directorial debut, Medora, the remarkable authenticity of these stories and the way in which they are woven together is both sobering and enlightening. These dynamic and empathetic characters are inspiring in their perseverance, and their small individual stories take on a larger importance in the context of the ongoing struggle for equal access to education in America.



—Tilson Allen-Merry

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Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Night School follows three adult students living in the city’s more impoverished neighborhoods as they attempt to earn their diplomas while juggling other difficult responsibilities and realities. Through their stories, the filmmakers explore many issues that low-income Americans deal with, including unjust minimum wage and working conditions, arbitrary legal hindrances, and race and gender inequality.



Director Andrew Cohn observes the individual journeys of Greg, Melissa and Shynika as they fight to better themselves and their situations. Each has their own personal reasons and motivations but ultimately they have realized graduating to be a crucial stepping stone to bettering their lives. As in Cohn’s directorial debut, Medora, the remarkable authenticity of these stories and the way in which they are woven together is both sobering and enlightening. These dynamic and empathetic characters are inspiring in their perseverance, and their small individual stories take on a larger importance in the context of the ongoing struggle for equal access to education in America.



—Tilson Allen-Merry

Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 88 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Andrew Cohn
Producer: Jason Orans, Steve Bannatyne, Pamela Ryan
Editor: Thomas Niles
Associate Producer: Lauren Franklin, Kelly Marshall, Emily McAllister
Cinematographer: Zachary Shields
Executive Producer: Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Louis Venezia, Rob Lyons, Jeremy Workman
Composer: Adam Rubenstein
Assistant Editor: Kelly Marshall, Hanna Utkin
Co-Executive Producer: Dawn Davis, Jeff Devino
Music Supervisor: Chris Swanson, Adam Rubenstein
Cast: Greg Henson, Melissa Lewis, Shynika Jakes
Contacts

Press Contact
Josh Johnson
Tribeca Film Festival
Phone: 5124198749
joshjohnson@tribecafilmfestival.org

Print Source
Jason Orans
Gigantic Pictures, LLC
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 925 5075
jason@giganticpictures.com

International Sales Contact
Jason Orans
Gigantic Pictures, LLC
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 925 5075
jason@giganticpictures.com

US Sales Contact
Nick Shumaker
UTA
New York, NY 10106
Phone: 212 659 2600
shumakern@unitedtalent.com

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About the Director(s)

Andrew Cohn is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. His first feature­length film Medora was featured on PBS’ "Independent Lens" series. Most recently, Cohn directed the documentary Kid Danny for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series.

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