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School Life

August 31, 2017, 7:00 pm8:40 pm


School Life (99 min)
Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin, Co-Directed by David Rane

August 31, 2017
Full Frame Theater @ American Tobacco
Film starts at 7:00 pm, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Free, ticket required

For more than 40 years, John and Amanda Leyden have taught children at Headfort, a rare Irish primary-age boarding school. When the film opens, the new school year is just beginning. Boys and girls bid farewell to their parents, the pangs of their uncertainty palpable. But the air of possibility hovers above the creaking floorboards—here, there is potential for each and every child. Over the course of a year, we observe the wonder the Leydens bring to their classrooms and roll with the joys and challenges that the changing seasons bring their young pupils. The film also captures the essence of the spaces they occupy—most poignantly a band clubroom where John spends hours desperately coaching inharmonious musicians through pop song melodies. Throughout, the couple delicately navigate the needs of their young wards, sharing the occasional cigarette while they discuss the intricacies of instilling both scholastic rigor and emotional support. With grace and humor, this vérité portrait submerges us in the ebb and flow of this special place and two teachers at the heart of its magic.

This event is free, but you must reserve a ticket via Eventbrite. The Eventbrite page will open to the public at 9:00 am on August 31.

PRESALE First Team members: 8/28 at 9:00 am to 8/31 at 8:00 am
PRESALE Spotlight members: 8/30 at 9:00 am to 8/31 at 8:00 am
General Public tickets: 8/31 at 9:00 am

This event is part of the Road Show Summer Series presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. and the American Tobacco Campus.


August 31, 2017
7:00 pm–8:40 pm
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