Skip to content

Only the Young

Watch the Trailer

PBS Premiere: July 15, 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.

Read the full film description »

Send me a reminder about the broadcast


Are you aware of our Comment Policy?

* Your email address is for verification purposes only and will not be published, shared, or sold to other entities.

Share This

Film Information

Only the Young (70 min.)

Premiere Date: July 15, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Jason Tippet, Elizabeth Mims Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Jason Tippet
Jason Tippet
Elizabeth Mims
Elizabeth Mims

Film Update

Critical Acclaim

The kids in Only the Young are all right, and so is this likable movie. . . . Mr. Tippet . . . has a terrific eye and a steady hand.”

—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

If you think one summer in the lives of three skate punks in a sunny Southern California Podunk wouldn’t make a fresh, engaging documentary, Only the Young is here to prove you wrong.”

—Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

A lush beauty of a documentary. . . . Only the Young captures the lyricism of late childhood and the bewilderment of the road ahead”

—Sarah Fisch, Village Voice

Upcoming Films