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Beyond the Blackboard (2011)

A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom.

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writers:

Camille Thomasson, Stacey Bess (book)
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily VanCamp ... Stacey Bess
Steve Talley ... Greg Bess
Timothy Busfield ... School district's HR representative
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Johnny Hernandez
Nicki Aycox ... Candy
Kiersten Warren ... Danny's Mom
Treat Williams ... Dr. Warren
Liam McKanna Liam McKanna ... Danny
Paola Andino ... Maria
Luis Jose Lopez ... Carlos
Deidrie Henry ... Patricia
Luce Rains ... Joe
Mathew Greer Mathew Greer ... Nelson Parker (as Mat Greer)
Savannah McReynolds ... Nicole Bess
Colin Baiocchi ... Brandon Bess
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Storyline

A 24-year-old first-time teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices and makes a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter's makeshift classroom.

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Based on a true story of an extraordinary teacher. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Beyond the Blackboard (#60.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The movie presented a "Everwood" reunion with Treat Williams and Emily VanCamp acting side by side for the first time since the shows's ending in 2006. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Beyond Typical Hallmark
20 July 2014 | by rrockwell-3See all my reviews

I've watched a number of Hallmark movies and here are the reasons. They typically are low-stress (no explicit violence, no bad language, no scenes of immorality, happy endings). Also they generally involve talented and good-looking actors. However, what they lack is unique and well-crafted stories (quite predictable plots), much drama, and much realism.

Beyond the Blackboard fits all the above (including some engaging child acting) but reaches higher than typical. It is helped by the fact that it is based on the true story "Nobody Don't Love Nobody" by teacher and advocate Stacy Bess, the main character in the movie. Though the film tames down the realism, it still manages to shine light on the the traps of homelessness that are difficult to escape, the common needs we all share, and the impact of family. The story also encourages those who are more fortunate to sacrifice and take action, out of simple humanity and also the priceless rewards that follow having a positive impact on children's lives. Being a lifelong educator myself, I also empathize with the value the film places on a safe and accepting learning environment, especially for children who don't have that at home and naturally long for it.

I think people who may or may not be great fans of Hallmark movies will be pleasantly surprised at this one.


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