“The World’s Best Prom captures adolescent insight with wit and compassion. In cheddar's heartland, you might expect this full-on embrace of cheese, but you'll be surprised to find yourself cheering along.” - Entertainment Weekly
I produced and directed this documentary along with OVO cohorts Ari Vena, Ian Rosenberg, Hillevi Loven, Ruben Carbajal, Mary Wigmore and Karen Sorensen. Most of it was shot in the year 2000 with a Canon XL1 when the digital revolution was new.
The short version won Best Documentary at Wisconsin Film Festival in 2001, and inspired a popular episode of This American Life, and an invitation for Chris and Ari Vena to appear on The Jenny Jones Show, ABC News, and more.
The feature version was released by Matson Films in 2006 and can be purchased at www.worldsbestprom.com.
Praise for “The World’s Best Prom”:
“It's like your senior prom, plus the Super Bowl plus the Oscars all in one. Every town should have 'The World's Best Prom.' You will LOVE this movie. If you don't then you are lying.”
- Maya Rudolph
“Fun, touching and completely unforgettable – exactly what every prom should be!”
- Us Weekly
“Taking the prom a lot further than even John Hughes could have envisioned – a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out.”
- ABC News Now
“Hilarious and poignant. Any town that would turn its prom into a televised red carpet event has either got something really right about it or something really wrong. The fact that I still can't decide made me love this film all the more. A smart and funny look at adolescence and its ultimate ritual.”
- Bob Fisher, Screenwriter of Wedding Crashers