UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Seventeen

Presented by Lost & Found Film Club

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Documentary, 1985!

This is coming of age, as witnessed in Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines’ monumental non-fiction film about working-class teenagers—girls and boys, white and black. Kids smoke dope, get drunk, sass their teachers, disobey the taboo against race-mixing, and try to break away from their mothers and fathers. The result is a free-flowing intimacy with the teenagers’ world, and “the immediacy is refreshing, and shocking. As searing as it is rambunctious, this film brings out all the middle-class prejudices against the working class that American movies rarely confront” (Michael Sragow, The New Yorker).
BAMcinématek

Dir. Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreines, 1983, 16mm, 120 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!