Indie Lens Pop-Up: Try Harder

Event Date and Time: April 13, 2022 7:00 pm
Cost: $
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At Lowell High School, the top public high school in San Francisco, college admission is at its most competitive within its high achieving, city-wide student body—nearly 70 percent Asian American— as they work tirelessly to get into their dream schools. With humor and heart, “Try Harder!” from acclaimed filmmaker Debbie Lum, pulls back the curtain on the reality of the college application process and the intersection of class, race, and opportunity through the eyes of high school seniors applying to America’s top schools.

Lauded as an “endearing, alarming doc” by Variety and “impossible to resist” by Indiewire, this special TIFF/Puffin Foundation/PBS-Indie Lens 60-minute documentary premieres Wednesday ahead of it’s May 2nd broadcast debut!

After the film – stay for the live talkback with:  Producer/Director Debbie Lum, College Consultant Dr. Frank Andrisani, Test Prep Expert Jeremy Lentz, and TIFF Moderator Sandi Klein.

Registration Required.
“Try Harder!” is sponsored by Dr. Frank Counseling supporting your college, career, and counseling needs and Lentz & Lentz SAT, PSAT and ACT Prep.

Photo credit: Independent Lens

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Our 2022 series of films are presented this winter and spring through the continued partnership between Teaneck International Film Festival, The Puffin Foundation Ltd., PBS, and Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Film screenings are free but registration is required.

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