Thursday, May 16, 1996

Before Kids, There Was… Seventeen

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

This unforgettable cinema verité documentary, the definitive white trash opera, was produced for public television, though they refused to broadcast it after seeing the finished film. Seventeen (1983) intimately observes several teenagers in Muncie, Indiana through their exploits chasing blacks, harrassing teachers, getting high, and grooving to Bob Seger- -totally wasting their lives in the process. Not unlike a Midwest version of Kids, only it’s real. Directed by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines.

“Nothing like it has been recorded on film before” –David Chute, LA Herald Examiner.

(Programmed by Joel Shepard)