One of the most sought after demographics, a key influence on the shifting tides of pop culture, and early adopters of trends in tech, film, music and more that will affect future generations, teenagers hold more sway than you might give them credit for. But it wasn’t always the case, and in fact, the term “teenager” is relatively new, popularized in the middle of the 20th century. And the upcoming documentary “Teenage” will explore the rise of this subculture and how they went from invisible to integral.
Based on the book “Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture: 1875-1945” by Jon Savage, director Matt Wolf uses archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries to explore how teenagers came to define themselves, particularly through subcultures such as flappers, swing kids and much more. And in this exclusive clip, we see Wolf’s technique in action, providing an interesting approach to this historical documentary.
Featuring an original score by Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, “Teenage” opens in limited release starting this Friday, March 14th. And if you’re in New York City, email us for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening on opening weekend at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema!