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Only the Young: Discussion Guide

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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.The film invites viewers into the teens’ day-to-day lives, as they search for identity and meaning, combat boredom, resist conformity, forge deep friendships and experience first love and heartbreak. The result is an engaging portrait that effectively captures the essence of adolescence.

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Until Oct. 13, 2015

Film Information

Only the Young (70 min.)

Premiere Date: July 15, 2013

Streaming Dates: Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 13, 2015

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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

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