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DREAM SCHOOL (SUNDANCE)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/7/13 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (6 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 11/11/13; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from Sundance Channel's press release, April 2014) From Academy Award(R) winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, these instructors had one mission - to excite young minds and reignite their students' desire to learn. An ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture taught kids who had been falling through the cracks, "Dream School" was designed to motivate troubled teenagers to turn their lives around. Pregnant, neglected, bullies or bullied; the kids all had one thing in common - they were dropouts. Last fall, SundanceTV gave them a once in a lifetime chance to start over, but overcoming past failures and future obstacles proved to be no easy task for both the students and their instructors. Adapted from the UK series created by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and executive produced by Oliver and multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, "Dream School" was a gripping look at what it takes to foster creativity and a love of learning and just how hard it is to capture the imaginations of today's students. The students, ages 17-18, who had either been expelled or dropped out of the conventional school system, had a science lesson taught at the California Science Center by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space. Homeroom teacher and drama coach David Arquette led self-confidence exercises and taught the craft of acting, while famed choreographer Doriana Sanchez helped the students get over their inhibitions by encouraging a "silent disco" in a public mall. Music class was a trip to the recording studio with music impresario Swizz Beatz, who's worked with some of the industry's biggest stars, including Jay-Z and Bono. Third generation ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau taught the laws of physics and buoyancy first-hand in a water bottle regatta in a pool. Plus, the students learned that it's never too early to start getting their finances in order by taking an economic course taught by none other than financial expert Suze Orman.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew Jameson as EP
· Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as EP
· Jamie Oliver as EP
· Jonathan Grosskopf as EP (Sundance)
· Roy Ackerman as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Fresh One Productions
· G-Unit Films and Television