Teenage

Directed by Matt Wolf
USA, 2013, 78 min

Thursday, March 20 / 9:30 pm @ Cinematheque

Matt Wolf’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2008 doc Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is an energetic and unconventional essay film about the prehistory of the teenager. Based on punk author Jon Savage’s 2007 book “Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945”, Wolf’s film utilizes a complimentary blend of archival collage, recited diary entries and dramatization to tell the story of four ‘case studies’ in adolescence before the rock n’ roll era most commonly associated with the invention of the teenager:

Brenda Dean Paul, a self-destructive ‘Bright Young Thing’; Melita Maschmann, an idealistic Hitler Youth; Tommie Scheel, a rebellious German Swing Kid; and Warren Wall, a black Boy Scout – all bolstered by a contemporary score courtesy of Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound).

Plays with

The Blazing World / Directed by Jessica Bardsley, USA, 2014, 18 min / Using the film Girl, Interrupted as a starting point, this experimental documentary intertwines audio interviews with actress Winona Ryder and previously-existing social guidance film footage into an essay-film exploration of the connections between female depression and kleptomania, while simultaneously making an commentary about the ethics of artistic appropriation.  – Kier-La Janisse