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LAist Film Calendar: Genius Janitors, Terrible Trolls & Killer Kurosawa

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American Dinosauuuuuur! | Photo courtesy of Transcendental Media

University students turn to their professors for education, but whom should they look to for wisdom? According to The Philosopher Kings, they would do well to leave the classroom and head for the janitor's closet. The wonderful documentary goes behind the wet floor sign of college custodians, and illustrates the dynamic personalities who deliver a clean campus amid spotty life experiences.

Some persevere through tragedy. Luis Cardenas at CalTech loses an arm to a drunk driver, but proves his valiance by remaining on the front for his family and the CalTech community. Josue Lajeunesse slaves away at Princeton all year to feed his family in Haiti, and then works tirelessly during his time back home to establish clean water programs in his village. Others use their surroundings to create their own opportunities outside of academia. Corby Baker elects employment at Cornish College of the Arts' galleries to soak up the students' inspiration to perfect his own pieces.