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Top Row

Every student should have a place in High School where they can be free to be themselves... And for young men growing up in today's world it is rare, but essential. At Napa High School, in California, a teacher named Travis Rogers has created that place . A place where they can be free of the masculine stereotypes that culture shackles them with to be, " tough, emotionless, cool." A place where boys can be sensitive and emotional, and caring without judgment. Step inside what has become the coolest class on campus - the Freshman Mens' Choir.

The film follows what happens to seventy 14-15 year old freshman boys who can't sing, when one choir teacher turns them into seasoned choral performers. Imagine 70 teenage boys, from all walks of life, in one class- most have never sung a note in their lives, don't know how to sing, or, think singing is for sissies. Watch as they compete like athletes on the playing field of chorus risers to take the Top Row, while discovering themselves, and each other, and a love for singing. Their voices will reach into your soul and uplift your heart.

  • Karin Argoud
  • Karin Argoud
  • Travis Rogers and 70 freshman high school choir boys
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    18 minutes 5 seconds
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    August 30, 2017
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    5,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Karin Argoud

Karin Argoud is a professional film and television actress best known for her role as Sonya in the hit series , "Mama's Family". She has an extensive list of film, T.V. theatre and commercial credits. This is her first time directing and producing a short documentary.

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Director Statement

I first walked in to Travis Rogers Choir class to produce a radio new story about why schools should NOT continue to cut their budgets for the arts. I walked out of his choir class blown away by the positive and empowering impact his teaching thru music and singing had on these young teenage boys - most who never sung a note in their lives. I wanted to share with other parents, educators and communities the joy of experiencing what happens to teens when a teacher is passionate about their subject and students. I wanted to make a film that would leave the audience with an uplifted heart and renewed faith in our humanity. I hope this film conveys the powerful and positive impact that art has in the lives of students, like these boys, who were transformed by the community they created with Travis Rogers in choir class. They will sing for the rest of their lives.