Johnston High School has problems with grades, attendance, dropouts, a magnet program resented by the host school, and a high turnover rate among principals. Will new principal Sal Cavazos stay and can he make a difference?
UT film professor Mitko Panov returned to his homeland, the former Yugoslavia, to interview the men he knew in the Yugoslav Federal Army. "They were no better or worse or more bloodthirsty than any of us -- that's my point. Whatever happened there can very easily happen anywhere." The film, Comrades, plays at SXSW Film as part of the Texas Documentary Tour.
Theatre Arts and English teacher Rick Garcia has put himself "out here," on Austin's fringes, n the off-the-map, lost-worldness of Johnston High School, to reach out to some of the poorest kids in one of Austin's most neglected neighborhoods and make a difference through that rare and vital cocktail: art and education.