15 March 2013 11:22 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For years, Emily Hagins has been the kid in the room. The Austin native directed her first feature-length movie, 2006′s independent zombie film Pathogen, when she was just 12 years old. She followed that up with 2009′s supernatural murder-mystery The Retelling and then enjoyed a SXSW world premiere of her third feature, My Sucky Teen Romance, this one about vampires, in 2011.

Now 20 years old, Hagins returned this week to SXSW to premiere her fourth feature, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, a wistful high school comedy about a boy who isn’t yet ready to give up his exuberant love for Halloween. After the screening, »


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