“[This] fast-moving documentary zeros in on three ultra-likable Southern California high-schoolers, following them through a succession of hairstyles and turning points.”
- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims’ Only the Young has its national broadcast premiere on PBS on July 15, 2013 (check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website starting July 16, 2013.
Only the Young follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a small Southern California town. Skateboarders Garrison and Kevin, and Garrison’s on-and-off girlfriend, Skye, wrestle with the eternal questions of youth: friendship, true love and the promise of the future. Yet their lives are also touched by the distress signals of contemporary America — foreclosed homes, abandoned businesses and adults in financial trouble. As graduation approaches, these issues become shocking realities. With sun-drenched visuals, lyrical storytelling and a soul-music soundtrack, Only the Young embodies the innocence and candor of its youthful subjects — and of adolescence itself.
After the broadcast, you can visit the Only the Young companion site to join the conversation about the film, get an update on the subjects, watch interviews with the filmmakers and read more background information.