From acclaimed director François Girard (THE RED VIOLIN) comes the inspirational story of a rebellious kid with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding teacher to make the most unlikely of dreams come true. A stellar ensemble — including two-time Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman, Oscar® Winner Kathy Bates, two-time Emmy winner Eddie Izzard, three-time Oscar® nominee Debra Winger, Josh Lucas (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Kevin McHale (“Glee”) — headline a cast that also introduces an exciting group of newcomers as the young singers who battle each other as they take their boychoir to the competitive heights.
The rousing, music-filled tale begins with Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is struggling just to get by in a tough Texas neighborhood with an overwhelmed single mom. His school principal (Winger) is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face the dark realities of his life. That all shifts when a sudden accident lands Stet on the East Coast at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country, the National Boychoir Academy. It might be his only hope, but he knows he doesn’t fit in. He’s never studied music, there’s not a single soul to support him and he’s filled with a seething rage he can’t begin to express. Even worse, he immediately runs up against the most demanding, uncompromising and compelling person he’s ever met: the school’s lauded, if increasingly jaded, Headmaster Carvelle (Hoffman).
Yet, Stet’s inner grit brings forth an astonishing sound. And the more he sings, the more Carvelle begins to see his passion growing – a passion that will impact not only Stet’s own life but those around him. From Carvelle himself to his snobbish associate Drake (Izzard) to the school’s down-to-earth headmistress (Bates) to the young teacher who fights for Stet (McHale) to the estranged father who is trying to hide his very existence (Lucas) to Devon, the star singer who is Stet’s fiercest rival (newcomer Joe West), Stet’s campaign to redeem himself begins to catch everyone’s attention. At the same time, everyone knows no boy singer’s voice can last – or survive adolescence. Change is coming, but with it, a lesson that endures: to make the absolute most of what you’ve got in the moment.
“BOYCHOIR” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
SHOWING ON JULY 1.