No Child Left Behind Feature Film- Release 2012
While a group of high school seniors set out to document an educational conference being hosted at their school, one of the headline speakers suffers an unexpected epileptic episode. As the school nurse routinely tends to the speaker a fast-paced wave of similar seizures spread across the school population propelling the student body and staff into a state of panic and lock down.
Although these individual episodes are brief, the afflicted linger in a state of "re-boot" before suddenly turning violent and attacking unaffected peers and colleagues with blood lust. Left to simply watch from the safety of the control room from monitors surveilling the school, the documentary team witnesses the mayhem as they struggle to make sense of the "outbreak".
Written, directed, filmed and produced by video production students and staff at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, the story craftily shifts between the moments surrounding "outbreak" and morbid aftermath sequences, within which an unlikely protagonist emerges fighting for survival in a fully "afflicted" Philadelphia.
Underpinning its suspenseful point-of-view and intimate filmmaking techniques focused more on violent inference rather than straight-up gore, the film stabs at the current dangers of America's processed food industry, the endemic shortcomings of its dysfunctional education system as well as the fractured socio-economic reality of life in the city of Philadelphia.