37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Last Stop

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The Élan School was a for-profit, residential behavior modification program and therapeutic boarding school located deep within the woods of Maine. Delinquent teenagers who failed to comply with other treatment programs were referred to the school as a last resort. Treatment entailed harsh discipline, surveillance, degradation, and downright abuse. Infractions of the rules result in humiliation. Attack therapy is conducted to break patients so they may be rebuilt. Years later, the patients who were institutionalized in this facility still carry the trauma they endured, with mixed opinions on the impact of their experience. The documentary serves as an expose on the troubled teen reform industry. Discussion with director Todd Nilssen and researcher Matt Hoffman, moderated by Randy Stith (Virginia Tech)


Saturday, November 11


11:00 AM


Other : St. Anne’s-Belfield

Film Info

Director: Todd Nilssen

Runtime: 111 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Featuring: Liz Arnold, Peter Arnold, Daniel Bennison, Jeff Bloking, Alec Canarri.