[10/19/23 - 09:00 AM] HBO Original Documentary "Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School" Debuts November 7 The film follows 10th graders from Hill-Freedman World Academy (HFWA), a Philadelphia public school, who take part in a unique songwriting collaboration.
[via press release from HBO]
HBO Original Documentary STAND UP & SHOUT: SONGS FROM A PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL Debuts November 7
Film Documents the Power of Music From Get Lifted Film Co.
· The HBO Original documentary STAND UP & SHOUT: SONGS FROM A PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL, directed by Emmy(R) and Peabody winner Amy Schatz (HBO's "We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest" and "In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11") and executive produced by the award-winning team at Get Lifted Film Co., Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winning producer Mike Jackson, EGOT recipient John Legend, and Emmy(R)-winner Ty Stiklorius, debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on Max.
· Synopsis: The film follows 10th graders from Hill-Freedman World Academy (HFWA), a Philadelphia public school, who take part in a unique songwriting collaboration. Working in teams with local musicians, students come together to create an album of powerful original songs that capture both the challenging times they're living in and the joy that music brings.
Back in the classroom after two years of pandemic isolation, the teenagers find a way to express their experiences and feelings in stirring songs that come straight from the heart. HFWA offers a unique music program teaching students to write, compose, produce, and perform, their own work. Though many are new to music, they learn to trust their voices and lift each other up. STAND UP & SHOUT: SONGS FROM A PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL explores the transformative power of music and how arts education can unlock creativity and be a source of hope and healing.
· Featured Participants: Joining the courageous and talented students of Hill-Freedman World Academy High School are award-winning musical talents Kristal Oliver, Andrew Lipke, Bethlehem Roberson, and program director and music technology teacher Ezechial Thurman.
· Credits: HBO Documentary Films in association with Get Lifted Film Co. presents STAND UP & SHOUT: SONGS FROM A PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL. Directed and produced by Amy Schatz; executive produced by Mike Jackson, John Legend, Ty Stiklorius, and Tommy Benjamin for Get Lifted; For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez.