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  • Summary: This is the compelling question behind award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio's newest project TEN9EIGHT, a thought provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion, and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). (50 Eggs Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    It’s the type of film you might expect to see at a fund-raising dinner or a convention banquet, not in a commercial theater. That said, it’s a very well-made piece of boosterism.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Toal
    One of the main explanations for our country’s inner-city high-school dropout rate is that public education doesn’t teach skills applicable to life outside the classroom. Director Mary Mazzio’s film, part documentary and part public-service announcement, offers a plausible alternative, which may prompt a discussion of totally revamping standard curriculum.
  3. 50
    Like "Art & Copy," Ten9Eight is blindingly slick, with a glossy visual aesthetic more rooted in music videos and commercials than cinéma vérité.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    If Ten9Eight brings NFTE to the attention of you, your child, or your school administrator, that’s probably all that matters.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Spending more observational time with her smart, resilient and stirringly positive subjects -- even seeing less-edited footage of their business plan speeches -- might have helped sell her inspirational story.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    A glorified informercial, complete with enough blandly upbeat guitar-cues to power all 22 seasons of "Real World" intros.

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