Film News Roundup: Exam Documentary ‘The Test and the Art of Thinking’ Gets Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 3/13/2018 | Dave McNary
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SAT documentary “The Test & The Art of Thinking” gets sold, Sean Baker becomes an artist-in-residence at the New School and “Juliet, Naked” gets a release date.

Abramorama has acquired worldwide rights to “The Test & The Art of Thinking,” the documentary feature directed by Michael Arlen Davis and produced by Davis and Jyll Johnstone .

Film - Debate - SAT - ACT - College

The film explores the debate over the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Davis interviews students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals, and academics to focus on this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues.

“The Test & The Art of Thinking” will open on April 27 in New York at the Landmark at 57 West and on May 4 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall. A national release in select cities across the U.S. will follow.

Years - Subject - Reach - Impact - Meeting

“We spent three years researching this controversial subject, assessing its broad reach and impact, while meeting and speaking with many of the its most prominent constituents,” Davis said. “Those flummoxed by these tests can hopefully find some useful context, if not solace, in the film. And we are thrilled to be working again with the Abramorama team, as their depth of skill is so finely attuned to this project.”

Davis interviewed several coaching “stars,” including Greg Hanlon, an SAT guru, and Steven Ma, CEO of ThinkTank Learning, whose clients pay up to $1 million for a money-back guarantee of admission to the college of their choice.

Baker - Director - Florida - Project - Tangerine

Sean Baker, director of the “The Florida Project” and “Tangerine,” has been named the 2018 Hirshon Director in Residence at the School of Media Studies at The New School.

Baker, who took editing courses at The New School in 2000, will serve as director of the School of Media Studies’ annual Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival and lead master classes including “Begging, Borrowing and...
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