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Kevin Spacey and the Arts

Friday, April 22, 2011

Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey is executive producer of the documentary film "Shakespeare High", premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Tribeca Film Festival. He discusses the state of arts education and the film, which follows a group of high school students preparing for a Shakespeare festival.

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Comments [2]

znm200 from new york

I am happy to support any project that promotes the arts and arts in education. I haven't seen this film but respect the idea behind it. That said, I think we have to broaden our view beyond Shakespeare, and even theater, which has been documented extensively. Perhaps people feel it is argument-proof (so many NEA leaders have come from the theater community), but Shakespeare - perhaps the only author who is a house hold name - can be limiting and this argument has gotten stale.

For all those needing to make the case for arts funding, there are several recent films/tv-programs offered via PBS that demonstrate how participating in the arts offers the chance to be part of something larger than the self (something that religion offers to some) and the most self affirming activity an individual and even entire community can do.

The documentary by photographer Vik Muniz and the BBC reality show The Choir (PBS) capture truly life changing moments for kids, parents, entire families and communities. You'll have tears in your eyes. And yes, they are entertaining. They should be required viewing for the NEA as well as Congress.

Apr. 22 2011 12:40 PM
Danijella from Prospect Hts, Brooklyn

I talked the other night with Kevin at the SL Club about his upcoming London staging of Richard III, and I bet he will start it, following, "Now is the winter of our discontent," by looking at his watch.

I have taught acting to children in Serbia, and I wonder if this would be useful in preparing students for Shakespeare.

Apr. 22 2011 11:36 AM

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