The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen

A four-week Film Talk and screening series February 12–March 13, 2024

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen

February 12 - March 13, 2024

After a popular run this fall, our The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen Film Talk series is back. Join local filmmaker Jeremy Cropf as he explores one of the most enduring genres of the past few decades—the teen movie.

“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 four-part Film Talk and screening series delves into the rich tapestry of teenage representation in film, exploring the evolution of the "teen movie" subgenre from its inception to its contemporary manifestations.

Drawing inspiration from a high school education structure, each week corresponds to a different school grade, focusing on key films that have shaped and defined the portrayal of troubled teens on screen. From classic rebellious figures (James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause) to modern complexities (Easy A, “Euphoria”, and most recently Emma Seligman’s acclaimed Bottoms), we’ll navigates the diverse landscapes of teenage narratives, providing a comprehensive understanding of the cultural, social, and psychological dimensions embedded in these films.

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As part of this series, SIFF will present three films on the big screen at the SIFF Cinema Uptown—River’s Edge on 35mm (February 12), Jennifer’s Body (February 26), and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Admission is included with a series Pass, but individual tickets can be purchased.

Each Film Talk will take place at the SIFF Film Center 7:00–9:00pm PT and streamed via Zoom webinar. Admission is included with a series Pass, but individual tickets can be purchased.

Series Schedule
February 12 - Screening: River’s Edge (35mm)
February 21 - Film Talk - Freshman Year: The Invention of the Teenager
February 26 - Screening: Jennifer’s Body
February 28 - Film Talk - Sophomore Year: Dark Comedy and Social Satire
March 4 - Screening: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
March 6 - Film Talk - Junior Year: Teen Screams
March 13 - Film Talk - Senior Year: Modern Angst

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.