Sundance Doc 'The Bad Kids' Nabbed by FilmRise

The Bad Kids Still 1 - H 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The film, which played in the Documentary Competition section at Sundance, made its world premiere Jan. 22.

FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights to Keith Fulton's and Lou Pepe's documentary The Bad Kids. The film will receive a theatrical release in September 2016 and make its TV debut on the upcoming season of the PBS series Independent Lens.

From the duo behind Lost in La Mancha, The Bad Kids follows a group of teachers at a Mojave Desert high school who take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

The film, which played in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at Sundance, made its world premiere Jan. 22.

Fulton and Pepe produced the film, while Ted Dintersmith, Donna Gruneich, Kevin Gruneich, Ari Ioannides and Christine Ioannides executive produced.

“Tackling one of the most pressing issues in the American educational system, The Bad Kids sheds light on the exceptional work of public school teachers helping students rise above generational poverty,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said. “An inspirational story, the film proves there is hope in even the most difficult circumstances, and we are honored to be bringing the film to theaters this fall.”

Added Independent Lens executive producer Lois Vossen: “This remarkable film illustrates the power that dedicated teachers have to change the lives and futures of their students. We’re looking forward to working with the filmmakers and FilmRise to bring The Bad Kids to the widest possible audience.”

The deal was negotiated by Fisher and FilmRise’s Max Einhorn. Preferred Content represented the filmmakers.