Heart of Stone

Directed by Beth Toni Kruvant, Heart of Stone is the true story of the challenges of an inner city high school in the Weequahic section of Newark, NJ and the workings of its devoted principal Ron Stone, ambitious Jewish and African American alumni, students, and even gang members, to restore the school's safety and past glory. This inspiring and award-winning documentary presents a model for other inner city schools to rejuvenate by reaching into their own past. The film shows how disparate groups can join together to give their old communities something they haven't had for generations... a future. Heart of Stone won the Audience Award at Slamdance Film Festival 2009, Best Documentary Award at Cinequest Film Festival 2009 and was the recipient of this year's Kaiser Permanente THRIVE Award.