Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Accepted

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 92 minutes

Accepted
Accepted
Accepted
Accepted
Accepted

In rural Louisiana, where education standards are among the lowest in the country, Michael and Tracey Landry wanted to be part of the solution. Their mission began with just five students in their kitchen, but their ambitious T.M. Landry College Preparatory School grew to nearly 200 students over the next decade. The draw? The remarkable 100% college acceptance rate for their predominately Black, working-class student body, 30% of whom are admitted to Ivy League schools. Wildly inspiring college acceptance videos landed the school on every feel-good talk show, touting them as the ultimate underdog story. But, as the school garners more media attention, so does public scrutiny. How is this possible? Students live and breathe their studies, but taking the brunt of Michael’s brash lectures and questionable methods of motivation push some youth to their breaking point. ACCEPTED, at once uplifting, shocking, and thought-provoking, exposes the mounting pressures of the college application process and the ethical conflicts intertwined with trying to guarantee someone a successful future. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Upper Allen

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:20 PM

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 2:35 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebar
Black Cinema

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director

Director
Dan Chen

Producers
Jason Y. Lee, Dan Chen, Jesse Einstein, Mark Monroe

Cinematography
Daphne Qin Wu, Dan Chen

Editing
Joshua Altman, Arielle Zakowski, Jean Rheem

Film Contact

Film Sponsor

John Carroll University - Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

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