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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Teen Critic Interviews American Teen Filmmaker

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

We all remember that iconic and epic film The Breakfast Club . Either you were born watching it or your parents got you into it or even the latest fad of being retro required you to have a large knowledge of whether you were a princess, a brain, a criminal, etc. So when you walked down the theatre aisle and saw this new movie poster for the latest documentary directed by Nanette Burstein, American Teen, you probably had to take a second look, to make sure that it isn't a remake. This documentary has been compared to the most famous 80s movie, but this film is most definitely not a remake. This movie, being a documentary, takes a world that has been displayed in fiction, and in over-dramatic television "reality" shows, and it offers a more in depth and sincere look at the lives of the modern high school teen. The film includes the cliques, struggling to graduate, and teen heartbreak. Overall this film is a great model of what preteens have to look forward to, what teenagers have to live through, and what adults have successfully survived. After I had seen this film I had the great opportunity of meeting and interviewing the director, Nanette Burstein. In the way she spoke of her subjects, I saw the love she had for them and it assured me that this director only had the truest intentions in what that life is like, and I was grateful that this woman chose to deliver this message.

Teen Critic Candace Kavanagh -- Candace Kavanagh just graduated from Mount Miguel High School. She spends her life absorbing celluloid images. She loves every type of film from so-called "chick flicks" such as My Fair Lady and Legally Blonde, to mind bending thrillers like Mulholland Drive and Hard Candy -- with every zombie movie, action flick, musical, and comedy in between.


August 06, 2008 at 05:13 PM
Thanks for the interview, Candace. That was some good insight into the thinking process of the filmmaker.

Beth Accomando from San Diego
August 06, 2008 at 06:06 PM
I was very proud of Candace. She was so professional and well prepared. The director even mentioned how impressed she was with her questions. Thanks Max for showing our young critic some support.