October 4, 2012 |
Fame may be fleeing, but the kids in "Fame High" will stay with you. Directed, photographed and co-edited by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, "Fame High" covers a year and change in the life of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, familiarly known as LACHSA, one of the top performing arts schools in the country. Though this scenario may sound familiar, courtesy of the 1980 and 2009 versions of "Fame" and TV shows such as "Glee," the film itself is not. Try as they might, fictional kids can't compete with the real thing, don't compel us like these earnest, hopeful and winning young people, bound and determined to devote themselves to their art. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments It's not only this idealism that makes the subjects of "Fame High" so compelling, it's also their honesty, their willingness to open a window into their lives at that pivotal moment when they're taking their first tentative steps toward becoming their own person personally and professionally.
September 12, 2013 |
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's excellent scrapbook documentary "Fame High," which premieres Thursday on Showtime (after a brief theatrical release), spends a year at LACHSA, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a by-audition public institution located on the grounds of Cal State L.A. Quite possibly you were unaware of its existence until just a moment ago. The title, of course, recalls the movie "Fame" and the TV show fashioned from it...
September 24, 1992
Carrie E. Lee of Glendale, a visual arts graduate of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, has won a $3,000 scholarship in painting from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She will attend the Chicago Art Institute.
October 27, 1991
Yolanda Tustin of Arroyo High School and Tracy Tran and Judy Chen, both of El Monte High School, have been accepted to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles.
October 4, 1987
California State University, Los Angeles, which had said it would reopen Monday, reported Saturday that classes will not resume until Thursday. The university's 22,000 students and the 400 students of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts will not be allowed on campus unless they are part of earthquake cleanup crews.
May 12, 1991
Two San Gabriel Valley residents who attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts are winners in the 1990-91 National Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Jeff Ono, a visual arts student from South Pasadena, won a $1,500 scholarship, and Jennifer Luzano of Walnut, a music student, won a $100 scholarship.
June 21, 1992
Erykka Jimenez of Monrovia is among the 162 graduating seniors from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts who will present a festival of visual performance art, dance, drama and music for their commencement ceremonies tonight. Jimenez, who sings in seven languages and plays flute, piccolo and oboe, was a semifinalist in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts competition.