Arts & Entertainment
Inside the documentary "American Teen"
The new documentary, "American Teen," is getting a lot of buzz. It follows five teenagers through their senior year in high school and we see it all -- the peer pressure, the parental pressure, the cliques and the jealousies. It's an inside look into what teens really go through in high school.
The stars of American Teen will be hosting an event at the Apple store in San Francisco:
Monday, July 14
Apple Store San Francisco
One Stockton Street
This is a footage screening of select clips. All five of the teens will be there to talk about the movie and answer questions.
For more information about the film, visit www.americanteenthemovie.com.
American Teen Directed by Nanette Burstein and stars Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich and Mitch Reinholt. The film is rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens. Premieres August 1, 2008 in San Francisco and San Jose.
It's the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of five teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek - in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future.
Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein (ON THE ROPES, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE) developed a deep understanding of her subjects. The result is a film that goes beyond the enduring stereotypes of high school to reveal complex young people trying to find their way into adulthood.
Hannah Bailey is smart and beautiful, but a misfit in her high school. She is a liberal living in a traditional, Christian, conservative town and dreams of moving to California after graduation. Colin Clemens is the star of the high school basketball team - and in Indiana, basketball is everything. Colin is under enormous pressure this year playing not only to make his town, his school, and his father proud, but for a college scholarship. Jake Tusing is considered to be a nerd in high school. Though quite funny and charming one-on-one, he is painfully shy in group situations and crushed with self-doubt. In his senior year, he vows that nothing will stand in the way of him finding a girlfriend. Megan Krizmanich is the student council vice president and the youngest daughter of a prominent local surgeon, anxiously awaiting word from the University of Notre Dame admissions. Wealthy, pretty, smart and popular, she rules her high school - just don't get on her bad side. When Megan's peers challenge her authority, she can't help but take action, even if it means risking her future. Mitch Reinholt is an attractive and charming Varsity basketball player with a soft side. When he puts his social status on the line, avoiding his popular friends for dates with artsy Hannah Bailey, he strains to maintain his reputation while discovering a new side of himself.
With extraordinary intimacy and a great deal of humor, AMERICAN TEEN captures the pressures of growing up - pressures that come from one's peers, one's parents, and not least, oneself.
Hannah Bailey ended up living in San Francisco for close to eight months. Although she loved the city, she did not love her "sucky day job" or the cost of living. Realizing she was "more of an East coast girl," Hannah relocated and is currently in film school in New York. According to her Facebook page, Hannah Bailey's interests include: "dogs, books, movies, blue Doritos, hats, bags, friends, art, ms. pacman, lazy summers, patterned socks, thrift stores, supermario world, religions, philosophy, Indiana hand shaking . . . and living life with no regrets."
Colin Clemens notes that he was pretty much born with a basketball in his hand. As the captain of the Warsaw Basketball Team, Colin impressed college recruiters at Indiana Tech where he now attends college on a basketball scholarship with a 3.7 GPA. He hopes to continue following in his father's footsteps and go on to play ball in Australia. The one thing he'd like to improve is his relationship status: Colin is still single "and that needs to change."
The loner who dreams of winning the girl like heroes do in the video games he plays, Jake Tusing spent his freshman year of college at Lawrence University where "he became a little bit of Mr. Muscles, a little bit of a wildman, but mostly the same socially-awkward guy." He is currently attending Vincennes University where he says, "when I've had enough courage to go outside my room, things have turned out less than fun," but adds, "things will get better though."
Warsaw's student council vice president Megan Krizmanich is now pre-med at Notre Dame with a minor in finance. She loves Notre Dame, has a great group of friends - diverse friends - has lost a lot of the drama and matured&.a lot. She sums up her philosophy on her Facebook page: "My whole life I've known what I wanted and wasn't afraid to do everything in my power to get it. I've been known for my unwavering loyalty to my friends no matter the cost."
The handsome and popular Mitch Reinholt, who found himself falling for the school's rebel outcast during his senior year, vows never to break up over text messaging ever again. Mitch is now majoring in biochemistry and pre-med at Indiana University. Studying is his priority and he admits that he's "definitely grown up a ton since high school and learned from [his] mistakes."
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