|A Touch of Greatness
A film by Leslie Sullivan
54 minutes + over 2 hours of bonus materials, documentary, color & b/w, English, 2004
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America’s schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox educational philosophy that spoke directly to his students’ needs. Many of Cullum’s projects were recorded on film by then novice filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. Weaving stunning black and white footage and rare archival television broadcasts together with interviews of Cullum and his former students, this is a portrait of a maverick teacher who transformed a generation of young people by enabling them to discover their own inner greatness.
WINNER! Best Documentary: Hampton's Film Festival
"Unusually moving with an authenticity that is rare."
"Shows what extraordinary things can happen (with) a visionary child advocate like Albert Cullum." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"If I were Secretary of Education, I'd order 3.5 million
copies of the new documentary A Touch of Greatnes, and send them to every teacher,
principal and PTA president in United States." - Bruce Kluger, USA
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● Three Never-Before-Released Original Films from the 1960's Directed by Albert
Cullum and Photographed and Edited by Robert Downey Sr.