Short Term 12
Director Destin Daniel Cretton scheduled to attend | June 2 & June 3
The film follows Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace is a formidable caretaker as she deals with her own difficult past in this authentic film of heart and humor.
|May 6, 2013||10:00 AM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 2, 2013||6:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 3, 2013||4:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
This day in the life of a foster-care group home for troubled teens is an unsparing, remarkably direct film, following the daily routines of Grace (Brie Larson), a counselor in her 20s who was also brought up in the foster-care system. Each day, she oversees petty squabbles and almost daily fights among the youths and calms them as best she can with anything that works, including music. When new ward, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), arrives at the center, she somehow triggers long-buried emotions in Grace. Old demons from Grace's troubled past that have laid dormant for years come bubbling to the surface, affecting her ability to act as an impartial counselor for the other at-risk youths. Grace is finally forced to confront her own scars and begin the healing process for herself before she can attend to the needs of others. Short Term 12 is an expanded version of director Destin Daniel Cretton's 2008 short film of the same name, which won the Narrative Grand Jury prize for Short Films at SIFF 2009. The feature format gives Cretton more room to add depth and backstories for the characters, giving the story an added element of authenticity. This uplifting story of redemption and healing, Cretton's second feature following his 2011 debut, I Am Not a Hipster, is told with great candor and some surprising humor.
Born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Destin Daniel Cretton earned a Masters in Film at San Diego State University. He has written and directed several award-winning short films, including Longbranch: A Suburban Parable (2002), Bartholomew's Song (2006), and Deacon's Mondays (2007). His latest feature, Short Term 12, is an expanded version of his 2008 short of the same name that won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at SIFF 2009.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux
|Director:||Destin Daniel Cretton|
|Principal Cast:||Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield|
|Running Time:||96 minutes|
|Producer:||Asher Goldstein, Maren Olson, Joshua Astrachan, Ron Najor|
|Screenplay:||Destin Daniel Cretton|
|Music:||Joel P. West|
|Awards:||SXSW 2013 (Grand Jury Winner)|
|Filmography:||I Am Not a Hipster (2012)|