ONLY THE YOUNG (69')
DIRECTED BY JASON TIPPET AND ELIZABETH MIMS
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"Only The Young... marks the cutting edge of non-fiction cinema."
-Robert Greene, Sight & Sound/BFI
"One of the best documentary films of 2012!"
-Simon Kilmurry- POV/PBS
"[Only the Young] capture[s] small moments that seem
too good to be true yet too genuine to be staged or
scripted, with an exceptional lyricism not found in most
"...a major feature debut...Beautifully shot and
affectionate without turning cute or coddling, it's the
best kind of crowdpleaser."
"...one of the freshest and most
assured debuts in recent memory."
"...indeed, this is a very, very Wes
Garrison and Kevin live in a small desert town with
nothing to do. In foreclosed homes and deserted
underpasses they create their own fun and avoid the
realities of being an adult while sharing a love of
skateboarding. Skye is strong-willed, beautiful and wise
beyond her years. She?s trying to fight bank managers from
taking the house her grandparents raised her in. The boys
hold each other in loving tension throughout the film,
displaying vulnerability, admirable self-consciousness,
relatable naiveté and an almost embarrassing integrity.
Over one last summer of first loves and heartbreaks,
friendship and self-made adventure, these three teenagers
find everything they knew beginning to transform before
An incredibly intimate, candid and instantly relatable
portrait of a moment in life we?ve all shared, this is a
film that will be close to people?s hearts. Documentary
directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet display
remarkable sensitivity and a penchant for wry and
respectful humor in their treatment of Kevin and
Garrison?s journeys and travails. Only the Young
continuously surprises with its low-key stylistic choices,
which are intuitively pitch-perfect in relation to the
stories of these young men. It is a
staggeringly beautiful story of male teenage friendship,
the complications of young love and the moment life moves
from the stability of childhood into an ever-changing
adult world. If that doesn?t sell you, come for one
of the best dance scenes in a movie this year.