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Project of the Day: ‘The Other Kids’ Mixes Fact and Fiction to Give Small-Town Teens a Voice

Project of the Day: 'The Other Kids' Mixes Fact and Fiction to Give Small-Town Teens a Voice

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The Other Kids

Tweetable Logline: Six teens on the precipice of adulthood. A daring mix of fiction & documentary.

Elevator Pitch: A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens, “The Other Kids” is a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction in which real high schoolers constructed vivid characters to tell their own gripping personal stories. In this uniquely collaborative project, the teens worked as both cast and crew to learn the craft of filmmaking and explore the most challenging aspects of their lives.

Production Team: 
Chris Brown – Director 
Kalyanee Mam – Producer 

About the film: I began making “The Other Kids” because I wanted to know what it’s really like to be a small-town teen in 2014. As viewers, we’ve grown so accustomed to Hollywood’s cartoonish version of high school that we’ve become detached not only from the memories of our own experiences, but from any awareness of the challenges and struggles that teens face today. It was crucial for me that “The Other Kids” be uncensored and unfiltered by my over-30 sensibility; all of the actors in “The Other Kids” are real teenagers who constructed vivid alter-egos to tell their own gripping, personal stories.

Current Status: We’re currently in the middle of an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for post-production.

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page

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