2e: Twice Exceptional examines the concept of "twice exceptionality" - gifted or highly gifted children with learning disabilities and/or differences. Some have trouble interpreting social cues and processing visual and auditory information. Others have difficulty with time management and organization; they may finish their homework but routinely forget to turn it in. Some have been labeled as "underachievers" and "lazy", accused of just not trying hard enough.
Yet they can retain huge volumes of arcane information in subjects that interest them, solve complex mathematical problems or master an unfamiliar musical instrument with ease. They have vexed their parents and are often considered "at risk" by traditional school systems. They are our next-gen geniuses, mavericks and dreamers - Malcolm Gladwell's budding "outliers."
While exploring the concept of twice-exceptionality and the development of creative educational solutions designed specifically to engage these unique students, 2e: Twice Exceptional focuses on several middle school and high school students at Bridges Academy in Studio City, California. Begun in 1994 as an afterschool tutorial program to help gifted students who were nevertheless failing high school, Bridges Academy has grown to become one of the first schools in America dedicated solely to the education of 2e students. Bridges has attracted the interest of the international educational community for its inspired approach in looking "outside the box" to find strength-based teaching methods for these students.
The documentary features interviews with students, parents, teachers and psychologists.
2015 Richmond International Film Festival - "Best Documentary Feature"
2015 Silver Springs International Film Festival - "Audience Choice - Best Feature"
2015 Eugene International Film Festival - "Best Social Benefit Documentary"
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