The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 54 minutes
Among those unsung heroes we call elementary teachers, Albert Cullum was unique, and therefore dangerous. For ten years in Rye, New York, Cullum taught fifth-graders with a creative passion. Mixing classroom footage from the late ?50s and early ?60s with contemporary shots of Cullum and his former students, this homage is striking for its visual examples of Cullum?s teaching philosophy. He taught with movement, music and color; he taught Agamemnon by having them act it out; he led dances reminiscent of Martha Graham; he made games and contests out of learning, and he slipped in a whole lot of vocabulary words. Then he fought to stay in the classroom when certain parents and teachers rallied against him. The older footage is amazing, much of it courtesy of Robert Downey, Sr., who was just learning how to use a camera at the time. Cullum was a flamboyant man who wanted to act, but ended up being the king of the classroom. Title comes from Downey, Sr.?s 1964 film ?A Touch of Greatness.?