A Touch of Greatness (2004, 53 min)
Produced by Catherine Gund. Directed by Leslie Sullivan. This film focuses on the work of Albert Cullum, an elementary school teacher for over thirty years and a pioneer in American education. Albert Cullum ignited the imagination of his young students, and through his passionate use of poetry and drama, built their self-confidence and inspired them to new heights of originality and joy. Championing an unorthodox educational philosophy, Mr. Cullum regularly taught his elementary school children literary masterpieces, most notable the works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw. The one-of-a-kind film interweaves scenes from rare archival television broadcasts and film footage documenting these projects (several recorded in the early 1960s by Robert Downey) with interviews from Mr. Cullum and many of his former students.Featured as the Opening Night Film at the Margaret Mead Film Festival and winner of Best Documentary award at the Ohio Independent Film Festival. Winner of the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival and People's Choice Award at the Starz Denver International Film Festival. This Emmy-nominated film has aired on PBS/Independent Lens. Distributed by First Run Features.
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