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The fascinating complexity of high school debate gives way to a portrait of the equally complex racial... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Samuel Alito ... Samuel Alito
Louis Blackwell ... Louis Blackwell
Jon Bruschke ... Jon Bruschke
Matthew Edwards ... Matthew Edwards
Richard Funches ... Richard Funches
Sam Iola ... Sam Iola
Juan Williams ... Juan Williams
David Wiltz ... David Wiltz

Directed by
Greg Whiteley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Whiteley 

Produced by
Brad Barber .... associate producer
Mark Clark .... executive producer
Sarah J. Clark .... executive producer
Tiffany Haynes .... associate producer
Lisa Vick Kraus .... executive producer
Peter Kraus .... executive producer
Marc Stanley .... executive producer
Wendy Stanley .... executive producer
Liz Water .... executive producer
Andy Waters .... executive producer
Erin Jeanne Whiteley .... associate producer
Greg Whiteley .... producer
Cinematography by
Tristan Whitman 
Film Editing by
Brad Barber 
Tom Runquist 
Greg Whiteley 
Production Management
Tom Runquist .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Brett Hinton .... sound re-recording mixer
Joshua Wilkinson .... sound
Visual Effects by
Sean Donnelly .... animator
Betty Kim .... graphic design and animation
Rudy Manning .... graphic design and animation
Jahow Yang .... graphic design and animation
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Barber .... additional camera operator
Seth Gordon .... additional camera operator
Charles Haine .... additional camera operator
Erik Olson .... additional camera operator
Chinkara Singh .... additional camera operator
Greg Whiteley .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Abbey Luck .... animator
Editorial Department
Matt Danciger .... on-line editor
Erin Fox .... assistant editor
Michael Garber .... color corrector
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Morgan R. Stiff .... assistant editor (as M.R. Stiff)
Music Department
Rob Kaplan .... music supervisor
Craig Romney .... music supervisor
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Jason Whiteley .... legal services
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and teen smoking
USA:91 min


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Brings back a lot of memories and a few new wrinkles, 17 June 2008
Author: Rick Lusso from United States

I was on 2 state championship teams in the early 1970's and while we, too, tried to "spread" our opponents, it was nothing like the pace I saw in this film. The speed-talking and air gulping made the participants nearly incomprehensible and I certainly felt for their opponents and judges who were trying keep their flow-sheets of arguments and counter-arguments straight. It was difficult enough in my day at our pace where the speed of our oratory was only slightly faster than normal speech.

Therefore, I thought the "revolutionary" approach by the Long Beach students was a type of appeal for "retro" or "old school" debate where, indeed, the emphasis was on the quality of the arguments and their presentation rather than information overload... although, I must admit that the affirmative case that my partner and I built did have elements of information overload.

One other thing I noticed was the giant tubs filled with manila folders that, I presume, contained printouts from the "for pay" research websites. In my day, we used metal file boxes and filled them with 6x9 index cards that we accumulated in summer debate "workshops" or frequent visits to the Emory University library. We had to transcribe all of our research onto the index cards as cutting up library books was generally frowned upon.

I really enjoyed the documentary and was particularly fascinated by the Long Beach duo who not only struck as being super smart, but also very capable of thinking "outside the box."

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