Skip to main content

SEVENTEEN

USA, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines

An extraordinary filmic record of the lives of a group of teenagers during their final year of High School. They are residents of Muncie, Indiana, the site of the oft-consulted "Middletown USA" sociological studies. The two-person team of DeMott (female) and Kreines (male) designed their own comprehensive camera-mike apparatus, weighing only five kilos; thus, when the situation required (all-girl, all-boy conversations), one could work independently. It was also part of their approach to the project to live with their subjects throughout the year.

The result was a degree of intimacy and revelation rarely captured on film, and a confrontation with the sheer ordinariness of the teenagers' perception of their own lives, which encompass booze, dope, illegitimacy, miscegenation, racial prejudice and accidental death.

Not surprisingly, 'Seventeen' was rejected for broadcasting by its television sponsor, and has encountered distribution difficulties because of its unrelenting frankness DeMott and Kreines electrified the 1981 Melbourne Festival audience with their "Demon Lover Diary".

See also...

DEMON LOVER DIARY

There are too many occasions when we are forced, either in films or on television, to sit through documentaries about the making of a film. Directors, it seems, like to add their own modest ... More »

It's a Good Life (1983)

“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... More »

Fire

With the proliferation of drive-ins and drlve-thrus, the American car ... culture has reshaped our notions of consumption. Human relations are ... also consumed as quickly as possible. ... More »

THE STORE

Frederick Wiseman's latest work in an extraordinary succession of fifteen documentaries on the American way of life turns its pitiless glare away from institutional "casualties peace" to concentrate ... More »

What is Business?

A pseudo documentary about growing up, ‘WHAT IS BUSINESS' parodies instructional and educational films. Segalove conducts a series of interview* with a variety of business people and comedy takes ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director