(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Pressure Cooker,” a documentary about an inner-city high school culinary arts class that garnered the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Audience Award and Jury Prize Award for Best Documentary in 2009, will have an encore screening as part of BIFF’s 10th Anniversary Season on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 11am, at the Triplex Cinema. Award-winning director Jennifer Grausman (“Art and Craft”) and director Mark Becker will be in attendance for a Q&A immediately following the film. The event is free and open to the public.
“Pressure Cooker” highlights two semesters in the culinary arts class of Wilma Stephenson, an irreverent high school teacher in Northeast Philadelphia whose no-holds-barred teaching style helps her students earn scholarships to college. Mrs. Stephenson spells it out on the first day of school by telling the newcomers that eleven members of last year’s class earned over three-quarters of a million dollars in scholarships, a staggering amount. She offers her students her version of the American Dream: You choose a realistic goal. You work hard. You work the system. You get out of Northeast Philly.
BIFF 2015 will be held May 28 – 31 in Great Barrington and Pittsfield. Passes are now on sale for the 2015 BIFF and can be purchased at Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF).