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Three teens in a Southern California town wrestle with questions of love and friendship along with adult realities of financial uncertainty.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmakers Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet discuss the making of their film which follows three California teens through their senior year of high school.

Classroom Clips

Garrison breaks up with his on-and-off girlfriend Skye, because he wants to remain simply friends.

Classroom Clips

Kevin apologizes to Garrison after he and Skye kiss at a party.

Classroom Clips

Skye's mother, whom she hasn't spoken to in a long time, friends her on Facebook.

Classroom Clips

Garrison, on the brink of adulthood, buys his first car.

Classroom Clips

Kevin and Garrison discuss their friendship.

  • Updated on June 5, 2014

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Film Information

Only the Young (70 min.)

Premiere Date: July 15, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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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

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