A sold out crowd will pack the Tivoli for the premiere of a documentary film on Howard High School this evening.
" Build Me A World " focuses on students in the Talented Tenth group at Howard.
And the students played a huge role in making the film.
WDEF News 12's Nordia Epps has the story of some of the budding stars.
It's the story you don't often hear about Howard...caught on tape.
D'Angelo Foster, Howard Student, "I'm speechless. I couldn't, like, I don't know, you just have to see it. Like Fancy Rhino did a good job. It's crazy."
A look inside the hallways of the historic school like we've never seen before.
Tavisha McColley, Howard Student, "I was excited I was going to actually be in a movie cause I never had so much spotlight basically ."
The spotlight shone on these students and others in the Talented Tenth at Howard.
Drew Belz and Bethany Mollenkof with the production company Fancy Rhino taught a film class at the school...and put cameras in the hands of the students.
The end result...a full length documentary film.
Paul Smith, "You'll see some really true stories of some fantastic kids. It's in their words. You actually see scenes here from their school day. You'll see scenes from home. Just to have that expose of our kids when you look at kids who are achieving in spite of where they come from or the obstacles they have to face everyday, it's just great. It's miraculous, sometimes, when you look at it."
The students are proud of their hard work...but even more excited about the message it conveys.
Derelle Roshell, "Their time, not always money but their time with a teenager means a lot. I'm hoping that they get a second look at our school and they change their opinion because a lot of people have their opinion about the school."
Kelcie Hyter, "I love my school and I have heard bad things about it and I was just so excited I was like, finally, people are going to know the real about my school."
"Build Me a World" premieres 7:30 tonight at the Tivoli.
There's another showing planned for August 22nd at the Camp House.
And Monday on What's Right With Our Schools, you'll hear more about the Talented Tenth program the film is based on.