Welcome to Commie High

USA | NR | 104 min | English


The Michigan Theater Main Auditorium Sun, May 12, 2019 6:30 PM
Sneak Preview! with special guest appearance
Event Info
Film Section:US Documentary
Category:Fundraising Screening
Ann Arbor
Sponsored By:Paul & Judy Freedman
Audience Award:Yes
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Run Time (in minutes):104
Premiere Status:Sneak Preview
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Donald Harrison


During the late 1960s, a wave of experimental public schools based on humanistic and anti-establishment ideas, began spreading across the United States. Community High School, situated in downtown Ann Arbor, MI and considered a "school without walls" by its founders, was challenged from its opening day in 1972. Maligned with a bad reputation, threatened regularly with closures, it was called "Commie High" by some that questioned its merits (and proudly by many within its culture). Fast forward twenty years later, Community High had became so popular that long lines formed to attend, culminating in a two-week camp out in 1996, and a subsequent lottery system for admission. Today "Commie High" remains one of the only schools from this movement to do school differently that survived and continues to evolve and thrive.
With special guest appearance by director Donald Harrison