Friday, August 1, 2008
American Teen is a Smash! Filmed at my kids' high in school in Warsaw, Indiana
(Note: to play trailer, first hit the 'stop' button on my playlist at bottom, to 'stop the music.')
This is pretty surreal to see, and I am sure even more surreal for the kids who are in it, and their parents. My son, who will be a senior this fall, grew up with all these kids- went to the baby sitter with one of the stars, dated extensively one of the others. I worked as PR Director for this school system for five years, so I'm pretty partial to it for a lot of reasons. It is just incredibly exciting that this documentary won the Sundance Film Festival documentary award, and having opened nationwide July 25, the film is getting rave reviews. It IS the next "Breakfast Club." I saw comments on YouTube when I grabbed this trailer that speculated this was all acting or "fake." Well, I can guarantee you, dear reader, it is all unscripted. We, as parents, received letters and permission slips about it, and at the time, which was about two years ago, never dreamed anything would come of it except a "scientific study" of teenagers. It is still that, for sure, but it is much more. You simply must see it! Nanette Burstein is the genius behind this.