The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias gives APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT 4 out of 5 stars.

The Dissolve’s Scott Tobias gives APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT 4 out of 5 stars. “Much of the observational brilliance of Approaching The Elephant comes from how closely form relates to content: Out of chaos comes order, both at Teddy McArdle and in the film, which brings the personalities and conflicts into sharper focus as it goes along. What follows is a psychodrama of often-startling intensity.”

Director Amanda Rose Wilder talks to Evan Louison for 1985.

Director Amanda Rose Wilder talks with Evan Louison for 1985artists. “I realized the free school model would allow me to film children as real people, the grittiness and sharp lights of childhood, their rhythms, which I’d seen captured best in movies about kids outside of school environments…”