Rock School

Director: Don Argott

Institute History

  • 2005 Sundance Film Festival


As a kid, you dreamed of becoming a rock star for the ages, but at school they never taught you how. Well, now they do! In Philadelphia, the Paul Green School of Rock Music is devoted to young people who really want to rock. Top 40 fans and pop wannabes need not apply; these students learn the unmistakable riffs of AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and Frank Zappa.

The school's founder and ringleader, Paul Green, is an overgrown child himself. A gifted musician in his youth, Green established his singular academy in hopes of raising the bar for other young and talented rockers. By tapping into his unbridled excitement for the music, he culls his students' hidden potential. When the school's top students are invited to perform at a Zappa tribute festival in Germany, Green is determined to showcase their staggering ability. But he'll make them work for it—or be subject to his famous wrath.

Rock School is an invigorating film that explores passionate teaching and free expression. It's an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Green and his students, who range in age from 9 to 17. These young musicians are the real deal, and so is Rock School. It's a whole lot of fun to watch.

— Lisa Viola

Screening Details


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