John Legend on film 'challenge'
John Legend thinks a new documentary he is involved in was a "challenge" to make.
The RnB crooner composed the song Shine for the closing credits of Davis Guggenheim's Waiting For Superman, which looks at America's public schools.
"It's always challenging selling a documentary - I'm sure when people can go to see lighter fare, it's not always their first choice," Legend said.
He went on: "But I feel that this film is really inspiring, it's really moving. It has all the things you want out of a good film.
"The drama and the suspense and the interesting characters that you want to follow. It also teaches you something important about what's going on in our country."
At the heart of the film are segments following a handful of promising students whose best hopes for a decent future rest in longshot lotteries to determine which children will get to attend a choice alternative school.
Shine "was completely inspired from seeing the film and seeing the stories of the children in the film, because it follows these kids who have potential, have a certain desire to do well," Legend said.
"They are in circumstances where they are surrounded by failing public schools, and they see the light, they see a few schools in their area that are succeeding. But you have to win a lottery to get into these schools."