At JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey s largest city, administrators answer the phone by saying, You ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark s Best Kept Secret. And indeed, it is. JFK is a school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of six young autistic men for 4 years. They must graduate from JFK in the spring of 2012. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world a job or rare placement in a recreational center – so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Opening in NYC from September 5th – 12th
HARLEM: At the New MIST Harlem Theater
46 W 116th St New York, NY 10026
Premiere 9/5 7pm and Q&A with filmmakers
Screenings 9/7 4pm & 6pm with panel discussions
DOWNTOWN: At the IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
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Directed by Samantha Buck
Best Kept Secret, a new award-winning documentary about special education students, is opening in NYC September 5-12. The film follows a spirited and dedicated teacher in Newark, NJ as she struggles to prepare her autistic students to transition from safe and protective environment of school to the daunting and sometimes harsh realities of independent adulthood.
Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/V502yDDm4uA
Thursday 9/5 premiere & Saturday 9/7 shows with Q&As & discussion panels at MIST Harlem: http://bit.ly/16lpVHR
Playing 9/6-9/12 at the IFC Center: http://bit.ly/15bGFdS
Award-winning dramatic special-ed documentary @BKSFilm playing NYC 9/5-9/12 @myimagestudios & @IFCCenter. Trailer: http://youtu.be/V502yDDm4uA