ONLY THE YOUNG, director Elizabeth Mims


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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. Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG’s innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence. Elizabeth Mims will join us for a conversation on the challenges of capturing youth in bloom.

“A sketchbook of a documentary filled with adolescent bodies groping, lurching and skateboarding toward burgeoning adulthood.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Only the Young captures the lyricism of late childhood and the bewilderment of the road ahead. (It) is a lush beauty of a documentary whose youth face the danger of un-coolness.”  – Sarah Fisch, Village Voice

 “Directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet let their subjects meander, and instead unify their movie through tight control of tone, winding up with an elegiac portrait of teen America. “ – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

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