“TO SIR, WITH LOVE” AIRS IN TANDEM WITH AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY DURING
SEPTEMBER’S “REEL 13”ON THIRTEEN
“I Want to Live,” “Diner,” “Dark Passage,” and “Much Ado About Nothing” also featured throughout the month
Sidney Poitier’s “To Sir, With Love,” the story of an idealistic engineer who takes a teaching job and faces a group of rough and disorderly white high school students from London’s East End will air as the culmination of American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 22 at 9 p.m. on Reel 13.
American Graduate Day is a national broadcast and outreach event on Saturday, September 22, from 1-8 pm, dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis. Broadcast nationally from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, the seven-hour special highlights Community Partners, educators and youth to help keep at-risk students in school. Hosts include PBS NewsHour’s Ray Suarez, ABC News correspondent Juju Chang, and Need to Know anchor Maria Hinojosa, among others.
James Clavell wrote the screenplay for and directed the film based on E.R. Braithwaite’s novel. Patricia Routledge from “Keeping Up Appearances” makes an appearance, along with cast members Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall, and Lulu, who sang the movie’s popular theme song.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña.
The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“I Want to Live!” (1958) Dir: Robert Wise
Convicted of murder, a drug-addicted shill and prostitute (Susan Hayward) lands on death row. With Simon Oakland and Virginia Vincent.
“Amador” (2010) Dir: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
“Diner” (1982) Dir: Barry Levinson
Immature buddies (Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon) regroup at an all-night diner after various escapades in late-1950s Baltimore.
“Please Give” (2010) Dir: Nicole Holofcener
The granddaughters of an elderly woman clash with her neighbors over her apartment. With Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt (The Big C), and Rebecca Hall.
“Dark Passage” (1947) Dir: Delmar Daves
A San Francisco art student (Lauren Bacall) hides a fugitive (Humphrey Bogart) accused of murdering his wife. With Bruce Bennett.
“Frozen River” (2008) Dir: Courtney Hunt (also screenplay)
“To Sir, With Love” (1967) Dir: James Clavell (also screenplay)
Sidney Poitier stars as an idealistic teacher dealing with high school students from the London slums. With Judy Geeson.
“The Damned United” (2009) Dir: Tom Hooper
“Much Ado About Nothing” (1993) Dir: Kenneth Branagh
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get confirmed singles Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson) to wed as well. With Keanu Reeves, Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton.
“The Human Resource Manager” (2010) Dir: Eran Riklis
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Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Rubin Museum of Art.
David Horn is executive producer. Bob Morris is senior producer. Colleen McHugh is associate producer. Kevin Alexander is production assistant.
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