The Bad Kids

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The Bad Kids
The Bad Kids poster.jpg
Directed byKeith Fulton
Lou Pepe
Produced by
  • Keith Fulton
  • Ted Dintersmith
  • Donna Gruneich
  • Kevin Gruneich
  • Ari Ioannides
  • Christine Ioannides
  • Molly O’Brien
Music byMichael Jacaszek
CinematographyLou Pepe
Edited byJacob Bricca
Mary Lampson
  • Low Key Pictures
  • In association with Filmmaker Fund
Distributed byFilmRise
Release date
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Bad Kids is a 2016 documentary film about students at risk of dropping out who attend an alternative school in Yucca Valley, California.


The film follows three at-risk students during a year at Black Rock Continuation High School. It captures Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches the teens: Lee Bridges, who has a young son with a classmate and is facing the challenge of supporting his family; Jennifer Coffield, who lacks family support for her scholastic efforts; and Joey McGee, who grapples with drug use and instability at home.[1][2][3]


The Bad Kids had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. After its theatrical run, it aired on the PBS series Independent Lens.


  1. ^ Schager, Nick (22 January 2016). "Sundance Film Review: 'The Bad Kids'". Variety. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ Lowe, Justin (22 January 2016). "'The Bad Kids': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (24 January 2016). "Sundance Review: Documentary 'The Bad Kids' From 'Lost In Mancha' Directors Keith Fulton And Lou Pepe". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 October 2016.

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