WHIZ KIDS (USA, 2009, 80 min.)
At a time when American teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, Whiz Kids is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the nation’s oldest, most prestigious science competition. Win or lose, these ‘whiz kids’ raise questions about class, courage, personal sacrifice, success and failure and, in the process, learn as much about themselves as they do about science. Directed by Tom Shepard. Co-directed and co-produced by Tina DiFeliciantonio. Edited and written by Jane C. Wagner.
Discussion with filmmaker Tom Shepard follows screening.