Screenwriters, actors and directors all do their best to try and capture the teenage experience, but it’s a difficult one to replicate with any degree of authenticity. Teens can be both open and mercurial, stubborn and vulnerable and sometimes just a complete mystery, and their feelings and actions can only be understood if you’ve been through it yourself. For every John Hughes movie, the rare director to have captured that voice so perfectly, there are dozens more films that just don’t quite get it. But for directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, they wisely realized that teens themselves are the best subjects for the camera.
They are the duo behidn the AFI Audience Award-winning “Only the Young.” Produced by Derek Waters, the man behind “Drunk History,” the documentary tracks the lives of a few kids in Southern Calinfornia as they go through the familiar ups and downs of love and life. And in this exclusive clip, we see one young man recovering from heartbreak with the kind of healthy optimism we wish we had at that age. Here’s the official synopsis:
ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California – a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing – yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims’ delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG’s innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence.
“Only the Young” opens on December 7th in limited release. Watch the clip below.