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Whatever It Takes

Directed by Christopher Wong
Produced by Christopher Wong
Year-in-the-life of a new high school in the South Bronx.

Overview

Genre
Human Interest
Synopsis

WHATEVER IT TAKES chronicles the first year of a radically innovative high school set in NYC's South Bronx. This deeply emotional, verité-style documentary examines the lives of Edward Tom, the school’s brash, visionary rookie principal, and Sharifea Baskerville, a talented ninth-grade girl with big dreams but even bigger obstacles.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
92 and 53 minutes

Credits

  • Christopher Wong ... Producer
  • Zebediah Smith ... Editor
  • iZLER ... Composer
  • Robin Steele ... Animation
  • Jillian Elizabeth ... Director of Photography
  • Renee Tajima-Peña ... Executive Producer
  • Christopher Wong ... Director

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Whatever It Takes Doc, LLC
Country
United States
Years of Production
4
Locations
New York City
Prod. Partners
Center for Asian American Media Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
AFI Dallas, Big Sky, SF Intl Asian American, LA Asian Pacific, RIDM (Montreal), Asian American Int'l, Hawaii, Bend, DC APA, Philadelphia Asian FF, Vancouver Asian FF, Ojai Ventura Int'l FF
Awards
Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award (LA Asian Pacific FF); Audience Choice Award (Asian American Int'l FF); Best Documentary Feature (DC APA FF)
Distribution
self-distribution
Broadcast (Acq.)
Independent Lens
Language
English

Photos

Wit_pic05_edtom_thumb
Wit_pic02_sharifeabaskerville_thumb

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