Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.


1h 27m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Over a decade ago, Tim Rollins, a well-respected educator/artist, noticed students with an artistic bent took a much greater interest in their schoolwork when encouraged to paint or draw. Expanding on this, Rollins targeted a group of at-risk boys and merged art with the traditional classroom. Toget

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
First Run Features
Location
South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

Over a decade ago, Tim Rollins, a well-respected educator/artist, noticed students with an artistic bent took a much greater interest in their schoolwork when encouraged to paint or draw. Expanding on this, Rollins targeted a group of at-risk boys and merged art with the traditional classroom. Together with Rollins, these young men form Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) and produce large-scale works that hang in museums around the world. The inspiration for the pieces come from major books, typically classical literature, the boys read, then use their creative skills to construct the resulting work. This film is more than a story about disadvantaged boys and their struggle to leave the ghetto; the filmmakers take the viewer into the lives of these young men and their mentor and suddenly the viewer is part of their world. It goes deeper than education beating the odds in an impoverished society; these young men are taught to use art as a survival skill, not a mere luxury.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
First Run Features
Location
South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States April 12, 1996

Released in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States April 26, 1996

Released in United States February 28, 1997

Released in United States September 6, 1996

Released in United States Spring April 12, 1996

Broadcast in USA over Cinemax as part of series "Cinemax Reel Life" August 25, 1998.

Shown at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival April 18-22, 1996.

16mm from videotape

color

rtg MPAA NONE

Released in United States February 28, 1997 (Laemmle's Grande; Los Angeles)

Released in United States April 12, 1996 (Roxie Cinema; San Francisco)

Released in United States Spring April 12, 1996

Released in United States April 19, 1996 (UC Theatre; Berkeley, California)

Released in United States April 26, 1996 (Lark Theatre; Larkspur, California)

Released in United States September 6, 1996 (Village Cinema; New York City)