Only The Young (1/5, co-director in person!)

Echoing both The 400 Blows and Friday Night Lights, the brand-new doc Only The Young radiates with the one thing nearly every other coming-of-age indie lacks: the gentle integrity of absolute realness. Best friends Garrison and Kevin are good-hearted punk rock kids who occupy their time wandering around their SoCal suburb, building a skate ramp, and negotiating their relationships with the Evangelical Christian faith that saturates their world. As these bright young things amble towards adulthood — and hesitantly towards the the fierce, articulate Skye, and free-thinking hip-hop dancer Kristen — Only The Young infuses you with the acute, thoughtful excitement and heartache of the weirdest, smartest kids you know. The choices made by directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet — gorgeous cinematography, music, and brilliant edits — all serve to heighten the guileless candor with which our four teens experience their crises of identity, faith, and their love for each other. As the San Francisco International Film Festival writes, “This is a movie about goodness in an oft-cynical era, and it will have you reinvesting joy into the world.” Co-director Jason Tippet and producer Derek Waters will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dirs. Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims, 2012, digital presentation, 80 min.

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