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Dana Marschz is a failed actor-turned-high school drama teacher. Shortchanged in the talent department, Dana still harbors ambitions and passions. At work, that is; his personal life, with his dissatisfied wife Brie and their boarder Gary, leaves much to be desired. At Tucson, AZ's West Mesa High School, Dana sees himself as an inspirational teacher. But his adaptations of popular films, as performed by his top students Rand and Epiphany, are not resonating. When his latest--re-creating Erin Brockovich--is dismissed by the 9th grade drama critic and his department is targeted for closure, Dana must reach deep into himself for creativity. After much perspiration, he conceives a sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet--a musical-theater extravaganza that will disdain both political correctness and dramatic credibility. Rallying and rousing his class, Dana casts a wider net by recruiting transfer students like Ivonne for key roles. With rehearsals underway, objections from school officials and the community are soon raised, but Dana will not be denied his freedom of artistic expression. After all, "to thine own self be true." Dana gets unexpected support from ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein and his favorite actress, Elisabeth Shue. Above all else, he fervently believes that his opus must be staged, and nothing can break his optimistic spirit.
Cast & Crew
|MPAA Ratings:||R||Premiere Info:|
|Release Date:||2008||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||Focus Features|
|Sound:||Production Co:||Bona Fide Productions .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Post Logic Studios .....Production Company, Loeb & Loeb Llp .....Production Company, International Film Guarantors .....Production Company, Keslow Camera .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Leonetti Company .....Production Company, Global Entertainment Partners .....Production Company, Entertainment Clearances, Inc. .....Production Company, Dewitt Stern Group .....Production Company, Entertainment Partners .....Production Company, Corbis .....Production Company, Sena .....Theatrical Distributor, Ster-Kinekor .....Theatrical Distributor, Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm .....Theatrical Distributor, Odeon S.A. .....Theatrical Distributor, United International Pictures .....Theatrical Distributor, Demille Halliburton .....Production Insurance, Focus Features .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, Focus Features .....World Wide Theatrical Distributor, A-Film Distribution .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Content Media Corporation .....Foreign Distribution Sales, Creative Artists Agency (Caa) .....Domestic Distribution Sales, Momentum Pictures Limited .....Foreign Distribution Rights, Svensk Filmindustri .....Foreign Distribution Rights, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group .....Foreign Distribution Rights, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment .....Domestic Video Distributor|
|Duration(mins):||Country:||United States (USA)|