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Fame High

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 101 MINUTES | English |


Scott Hamilton Kennedy's charming follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated The Garden captures all the drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph among a group of freshman and senior students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular graduation performance, this crowd-pleasing coming-of-age documentary is a tribute to discovering your passion, embracing your talent, and taking it to the next level.

Kennedy's vérité approach is a refreshing perspective on his subject and a potent complement to phenomena like Glee and American Idol that have captivated audiences with stories like this—of young underdogs finding expression and success through the performing arts, particularly in that crucial moment before adulthood. Kennedy's teens are charismatic and endearing characters, whose at-home and in-school dramas prove to be as absorbing and inspiring as any that you'd find on-stage or behind-the-scenes. The kids of Fame High teach us the value of finding your voice, not only in art, but in life.


This film is appropriate for teenagers and up.


Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Scott Hamilton Kennedy directed The Garden, which garnered rave reviews around the world and was nominated for an Oscar. His previous documentary, OT: our town (TFF 2002), earned numerous awards and was short-listed for an Oscar. He is currently developing several narrative projects.
Paul Hackner
Doug DeAngelis
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Executive Producer
Rick Rosenthal, Chip Rosenbloom, Leilani Makuakane, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Leilani Makuakane, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Primary Cast
Grace Song, Brittany Hayes, Zak Astor, Ruby McCollister
Jillian Moul, Scott Hamilton Kennedy


Leilani Makuakane-Potter
Black Valley Films
7340 Fulton Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91605
Phone: 818 256 4301
Sales Agent
David Garber
Lantern Lane Entertainment
P.O. Box 8187 Calabasas, CA 91372
Phone: 818 222 2309
Director's Agent
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
1622 Elevado Street Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 323 270 1666
Print Source
Leilani Makuakane
7340 Fulton Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91605
Phone: 818 256 4301