Based on the short story by Donald Barthelme, this darkly comedic fable explores the strange and unfortunate occurrences in Mr. Gibson's second grade class.
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Credited cast:
Vic Axiotis ...
Sauna Guy
Cassandra Cabral ...
Cate Clarkson ...
Mrs. Peterson
Hillary Cruise ...
Thelma Murdoch
Ryan Ehrenworth ...
Max Peterson
Celina Fraschetti ...
Agi Gallus ...
Principal Beatty
Nico Hoffman ...
Jason Peterson
Shelby Johnson ...
Manny Krybus ...
Mr. Peterson
Gerry Mazin ...
David G. McLaghlin ...
Sol Miller ...
Melissa Mondello ...
Chris Novis ...
Matthew Medvedino


Based on the short story by award winning author Donald Barthelme, The School is a darkly comedic fable that pushes the boundaries of absurdity and convention. Catering to the wealthy and elite, Sunnybrook Preparatory School is your typical upper class educational institution. Here students are taught the elementary life skills and moral philosophies that will shape the course of their lives. Edgar Gibson's (A.J. Pittis) second grade class is no exception. That is, of course, until everything starts to die. When all the beans die, faulty soil is blamed. When all the fish die, overfeeding is surely the cause. As the death toll mounts Edgar and his students are thrown into a tailspin of angst and confusion. Anything and everything is passing away in record numbers and nobody can figure out why. The students approach Edgar for answers. Together they are forced to reevaluate their notions of mortality. Written by Ezra Krybus

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Grade two is for laughing, playing and... burying the dead.







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20 September 2003 (USA)  »

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CAD 10,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Much like "Schools" of the past... unoriginal.
17 June 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

While the latest version of "The School" is a witty retelling of a familiar short story, it is also a familiar retelling of past versions of the films. The same feel, look and even the score are reminiscent of past versions of this popular short story, converted to short format by film students.

For a student film, the final product would seem impressive to most. However, Krybus and Miller take writing credits (and many more) with mention to the original author, only in passing. This is a common self-adoration among film students but lacking in professionalism in the film and literary community.

Most student films of worthy note are original works, written and directed by again, self-adoring auteurs, that at least have the courage to write and direct their own material. Perhaps if Krybus and Miller would have put half as much energy and thought into writing their own material as they did to financing their student juggernaut, they might have made some real steps towards credible film-making.

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