Dir. Matt Wolf
In Theaters 03/14/14 On DVD 09/09/14
Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn't matter - this was a new idea of youth. They were all "Teenagers."
A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, Matt Wolf's TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Inspired by Jon Savage's book and set to a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of "coming-of-age."
Matt Wolf (Director/Writer) is a New York-based filmmaker. He was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and he is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. His critically acclaimed and award-winning feature documentary WILD COMBINATION, about the avantgarde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, premiered at the Berlinale and was included on a TEENAGE 14 number of “Top 10” lists of 2008. The film was released theatrically in the US and UK, distributed worldwide by Plexifilm, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Matt has produced and directed short documentaries for The New York Times, including the recent OpDoc collaboration with Jon Savage “The Role of Youth,” the series “High Line Stories” for the Sundance Channel, and he codirected documentary components of NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a feature length dance film in collaboration with New York City Ballet dancers and PBS. He recently completed I REMEMBER, a film about the artist and poet Joe Brainard, which is screening in festivals and museums worldwide.
Narrated by Jena Malone Ben Whishaw Julia Hummer Jessie Usher
Directed by Matt Wolf Written by Jon Savage Matt Wolf Edited by Joe Beshenkovsky Original Music by Bradford Cox Executive Producers Jason Schwartzman Philipp Engelhorn Michael Raisler Produced by Ben Howe Kyle Martin
- Feature-length audio commentary with director Matt Wolf and producer Kyle Martin.
- Dreaming Documentary: Making TEENAGE- Featurette with director Matt Wolf, writer Jon Savage, and executive producer Jason Schwartzman
- On Set with the Bright Young People- A behind the scenes look at filming a recreation
- More archival film footage:
Pillow Fight by Thomas Edison (1897), Chicago Swing Jamboree Newsreel (1938), Boy Scouts in Michigan (1920), NYA in Wartime (1941)
- Theatrical trailer
Catalog Number: OSC-056
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