One of my absolute favorite films from this year’s South by Southwest film festival, Caroline Suh’s high school election doc Frontrunners, recently got a little update on its theatrical poster, as well as some news about its upcoming NYC release. Over the past few months, I have been looking back at a lot of films that came out of Sundance and SXSW, and Frontrunners is one that continues to stand out in my mind as one of the best docs — even more-so than the much-buzzed American Teen. Suh’s engaging, incredibly endearing look at the class elections of New York’s elite Stuyvesant High School is one that really draws you in, and once it gets its claws into you, it just doesn’t let go. Much like Seth Gordon’s King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in 2007, it takes a very simple activity — there Donkey Kong, here school elections — and turns it into a battle of epic proportions. If you have a chance, this is definitely one of those docs that you shouldn’t miss — especially if you thought American Teen was good. This one will really knock your socks off.
As for the release info, Frontrunners will be making a 1-week stint at New York City’s Film Forum from October 15th through the 21st. Ticketing information can be found here. As well, it will be making its way into LA, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Berkeley and Denver on October 24th. To keep up with updates, I would suggest checking out Frontrunners on Facebook.
And now, the new poster. Click to enlarge.