Calendar: PAMM Teen Arts Council Presents a Screening and Discussion: Teenage, Directed by Matt Wolf

Event Description

Teenage is a film collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits and diary entries narrating the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th to the first half of the 20th century. 

Following the screening members of the PAMM Teen Arts Council (PTAC) will facilitate a discussion with the audience about how the concept of teenager has changed and what a Teenage Bill of Rights might look like in the 21st century. Hosted by teens for teens, this program is part of PTAC's mission to creatively interpret and engage audiences with the art of today.

Archival photo of Jitterbug dance contest at the Shrine Auditorium in Southern CA, 1939.  Courtesy of Everett Collection / CPL Archives.

About the film

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 how people come of age. 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, TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. 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."​