The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen

The Kids Aren't Alright

August 30, 2023

Film Talks

“When teens began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed,” observed critic Timothy Shary in “Generation Multiplex” and the intervening decades have only reinforced this. This Film Talk will explore Hollywood’s continuing fascination with, and representational strategies around, teenagers on screen. The talk will feature clips from a variety of troubled teen-centered films including Heathers, The Faculty, Mean Girls, Donnie Darko and more, exploring the ways in which they helped to shape the cultural conversation around issues such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more.


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This Film Talk is associated with BACK2SCHOOL—a 10-film series at SIFF Cinema Egyptian August 25–31—including Heathers and Mean Girls.

$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF member

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 7:00–9:00pm PT
SIFF Film Center (live) + Streamed via Zoom Webinar

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to virtual ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.

About the Instructor: Jeremy Cropf

About the Instructor:

Jeremy Cropf is a filmmaker and television producer, currently working at Cascade Public Media. A six-time regional Emmy®-award winning producer, Jeremy earned a BA in Film and Television production at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with honors (’11). In 2009 Jeremy studied advanced television production with the BBC Academy in London, attached as an associate producer for the BAFTA-winning BBC Two factual series The Virtual Revolution. He has produced and directed numerous films, documentaries, and commercials.