We all remember Jack Black in School Of Rock,
which was his first feature film where he was cast as the lead role, and
for the most part, we all liked the film. But wouldn't it be cool if there
really were a 'school of rock' like the one at the end of the film?
Young guitar God - CJ. From Rock School
Well thanks to Paul Green, there is such a school. Established in 1999, the Philadelphia based Paul Green School of Rock focuses on molding adolescence (approximately 9 to 17 year old kids) into real rockers who appreciate their influences, and at times are appreciated by them. Green's mission is to make young kids realize their potential as musicians, provide them with an education that is second to none (in the outside-of-rock-theory world, though they do get that to), and get them performing as soon as possible so that they are able to establish a style and on-stage experience.
Paul Green's School of Rock
Releasing on June 3rd this summer is Don Argott's
Documentary feature, Rock School. This film will examine the methods
of Paul Green as a teacher and rocker, as well as taking an inside look
at the lives of the rock students.
Rock School follows an entire season of classes, in the process
establishing school founder, director, and self-proclaimed "überlord" Paul
Green as one of the most complex, contradictory, and unforgettable characters
in recent films. A whirling dervish of manic, pinball-machine energy, Green
is at once sensitive and verbally abusive; generous-spirited and mercilessly
critical. As tornado-like as his tantrum-filled teaching style can be, however,
Paul's commitment to his student's goal of achieving musical greatness is
never in doubt.
Paul's thorny relationship with his students is the true subject of Rock
School. For while the sight of nine-year-olds performing Black Sabbath songs
outfitted in full heavy metal regalia is charming, Rock School goes deeper:
posing tough questions about the nature of prodigal talent and flamed-out
youth. Is Paul-a failed guitar God himself-fostering his students' gifts
or inhibiting them? Is he living vicariously through his students? Or using
the school to fulfill the rock and roll dream of suspended adolescence?
Filmed cinéma vérité to provide
an intimate portrait of this one-of-a-kind instructor and his eagerly aspiring
students, Rock School reaches its climax in Bad Doberon, Germany,
where the School of Rock Music honor roll is invited to perform the music
of Frank Zappa. This special festival dedicated to the prog-rocker's oeuvre
features Zappa legends such as Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy-Brock. . .and
the kids prove they can rock with the very best of them.
A meditation on talent and teaching, Rock School is a celebration
of youthful promise and steadfast dreams. It is also a kick-ass music movie
that should be played loud!
For more information, check out the films official
website, and be sure to check back with us as the trailer and
more information is made available.