A ‘Teenage’ Night at the Tribeca Film Festival

“Teenage” – The Tribeca Film Festival

I stumbled across the film ‘Teenage’ by Matt Wolf on Buzzfeed of all places…sandwiched between ‘27 Ways to Eat a Peep’ and ‘19 Kitty Cat Gifs with Attitude.’  Based on Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1845–1945the documentary tells the pre-history of the ‘teenager’…before Elvis and Bandstand and the 1950s definition of adolescence.

Intrigued by most historical docs — especially those that allow me to better understand my Grandparents’ generation — I braved the unseasonable weather to wait in line for rush tickets.

Told entirely in quotes and narrative, the documentary takes on a captivating, lyrical tone as it weaves the stories of four young people carving out their definition of the gray between child and adult.

“Teenage gives voice to young people from the first half of the 20th century in America, England, and Germany—from party-crazed Flappers and hip Swing Kids to zealous Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs.”  -Matt Wolf

Through their stories, the viewer explores the broader cultural struggle to develop what Wolf calls ‘a new idea of youth.’

The film is playing at 12:45pm on Saturday, April 27th at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8, but again only rush tickets are available.  I recommend showing up by 11:45am for your best chance to win tickets. ‘Teenage’ is well worth the wait.



‘On the Bowery’ at Film Forum This Friday, Saturday

At a museum this weekend, a few friends and I happened to overhear a volunteer mention the film On the Bowery would be showing at Film Forum in the next few weeks.

Direct quote, “It was one of the most fascinating documentaries about New York City life I’ve ever seen.”


Just so happens, the film is playing as a double feature this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 11 & 12) with Connections, another film focusing on life on skid row in mid-century New York.

Looking forward to black and white Friday afternoon.

Okay, okay we were flat out eavesdropping, but this gentleman had some very interesting things to say. Anyway, thanks for the tip informative stranger.

The Film Forum
209 Houston Street
Tickets: $12.50
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