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PARK CITY ’08 5:15p.m. | “American Teen”‘s Big Date

PARK CITY '08 5:15p.m. | "American Teen"'s Big Date

Howls and loud applause concluded the world premiere of Nanette Burstein‘s Sundance Film Festival doc competition film, “American Teen,” earlier this afternoon at the Park City Library. The film, which follows the trials and tribulations of a range of teens during their senior year in high school in small town Indiana, does not hold back on the intimate realities of growing up, including sexual experimentation and alcohol use. “I think it’s a great way to look back on our senior year,” quipped one of the teens at the post-screening Q&A. “People are so much deeper than they first appear to be.” The film is already stirring serious acquisitions , with CAA and Cinetic handling the movie. interest. Buyers tracked at the screening included Peter Rice and Nancy Utley from Fox Searchlight, Keri Putnam from Miramax, Liesl Copland from Netflix, Randy Manis, Mark Urman and Ben Stambler from ThinkFilm, and reps from Paramout Vantage, Lions Gate, and Sony Pictures Classics…. Tomorrow morning, the film will screen for buyers and press at the Yarrow in Park City. [Brian Brooks]

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