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Nanette Burstein (writer)
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Release Date:
11 October 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Remember high school? It's gotten worse.
Plot:
A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques. | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jake Tusing ... Himself

Megan Krizmanich ... Herself
Colin Clemens ... Himself
Mitch Reinholt ... Himself

Hannah Bailey ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoff Haase ... Himself
Jennifer Lucht ... Herself
Jennifer Sheopherd ... Herself
Ali Wikalinska ... Herself

Directed by
Nanette Burstein 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nanette Burstein  writer

Produced by
Sharon Barnes .... associate producer
Nanette Burstein .... producer
Nancy Dubuc .... executive producer
Eli Gonda .... producer
Ryan Harrington .... co-producer
Chris Huddleston .... producer
Owen Katz .... producer: animation (segment "Fight") (segment "Jocks - BBall") (segment "Love") (segment "Nerd") (segment "Notre Dame")
Karen Lawler .... producer: animation (segment "Nerd") (segment "Notre Dame")
Anna Molund .... producer: animation, againstallodds (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
Patrick R. Morris .... executive producer (as Patrick Morris)
Elisa Pugliese .... executive producer
Jordan Roberts .... producer
Steve Rosenbaum .... co-producer
Adina Sales .... executive producer: animation (segment "Fight") (segment "Hannah's Depression") (segment "Jocks - BBall") (segment "Kiss") (segment "Love") (segment "Nerd") (segment "Notre Dame")
Adina Sales .... executive producer: animation, Blacklist
Rob Sharenow .... executive producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Josh Thorne .... executive producer: againstallodds (segment "Love")
Josh Thorne .... executive producer: animation, againstallodds (segment "Fight")
Rebecca Cammisa .... field producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Michael Penn 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Hanna 
Wolfgang Held 
Laela Kilbourn 
 
Film Editing by
Nanette Burstein 
Thomas Haneke  (as Tom Haneke)
Mary Manhardt 
 
Casting by
Tamra Barcinas 
 
Production Management
Greg Orselli .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Junko Shimizu .... sets/props: animation (segment "Hannah's Depression")
Mäns Swanberg .... art director: animation (segment "Kiss")
Paige Travis .... sets/props: animation (segment "Hannah's Depression")
 
Sound Department
Mark Binder .... sound editor
Mark Binder .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Chock .... sound designer (as Michael Chock)
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Chock)
Ken Dabek .... additional sound mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Mark A. Mangini .... sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Mark A. Mangini .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mark Mangini)
Dave Plowman .... foley assistant
Matthew Reale .... sound mix technician
Anna Rieke .... sound mixer
John Sievert .... foley artist
J. Byron Smith .... additional sound mixer (as Byron Smith)
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer
Rebecca Cammisa .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mark Coffey .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Micha Boström .... CG artist (segment "Love")
Micha Boström .... cg artist (segment "Fight")
Cecilia Chien .... additional flame artist (segment "Nerd")
Wyeth Hansen .... additional motion graphics artist (as Wyeth Hanson)
Matthew W. Johnson .... smoke artist
David Kelley .... motion graphics artist
Stefan Lagerstam .... lighting and rendering (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
Kristian Rydberg .... CG artist (segment "Love")
Kristian Rydberg .... cg artist (segment "Fight")
Adam Sackett .... motion graphics assistant
Lutz Vogel .... 3D animator (segment "Nerd")
Lutz Vogel .... flame artist (segment "Nerd")
Roger P. Wasson .... motion graphics assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tamas Bojtor .... additional photography
Axel Bowman .... additional photography
Rebecca Cammisa .... additional photography
Sam Henriques .... additional photography (as Samson Hanriques)
David Lobser .... cinematographer: animation (segment "Hannah's Derpression")
Ed Marritz .... additional photography (as Edward Morritz)
Vasco Nunes .... additional photography
James Rexroad .... still photographer
Eliot Rockett .... additional photography (as Elliot Rockett)
Brett Wiley .... additional photography
 
Animation Department
Ariadne Binderl .... paints and textures (segment "Jocks - BBall")
Aaron Bjork .... animator (segment "Notre Dame")
Cecilia Carlstedt .... illustrator: animation (segment "Kiss")
Matthew Encinas .... animator (segment "Notre Dame")
Paul Hwang .... creative lead (segment "Notre Dame")
Diogo Kalil .... animator (segment "Jocks - BBall)
Diogo Kalil .... creative lead (segment "Jocks - BBall)
George Katz .... animator (segment "Notre Dame")
Ben Lee .... creative lead (segment "Notre Dame")
Shu-Chen Lin .... modeler (segment "Hannah's Depression")
Alex Lins .... character designer (segment "Jocks - BBall")
Alex Lins .... modeler (segment "Jocks - BBall")
David Lobser .... animator (segment "Hannah's Depression")
David Lobser .... creative lead (segment "Hannah's Depression")
Derek Picken .... creative lead (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
Alli Sadegiani .... animator (segment "Fight"_) (segment "Love")
Cecilia Skedinger .... animator (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
Sean Starkweather .... animator (segment "Notre Dame")
Mäns Swanberg .... creative lead (segment "Kiss")
Lutz Vogel .... 2D animator (segment "Nerd")
Lutz Vogel .... animation designer (segment "Nerd")
Lutz Vogel .... creative lead (segment "Nerd")
Andreas Westin .... animator
Zoe Wishart .... 2D animator (segment "Nerd")
Zoe Wishart .... animation designer (segment "Nerd")
Zoe Wishart .... creative lead (segment "Nerd")
Steve Woodruff .... animator (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
Aron Ögren .... animator (segment "Fight") (segment "Love")
 
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Katie Dellamaggiore .... post-production coordinator (as Katie Schultz)
Jonathan Giraldo .... assistant editor
Jason M. Harvey .... assistant editor (as Jason Harvey)
Matthew W. Johnson .... smoke artist
Jennifer Lee .... assistant editor (as Jenny Lee)
Timothy Lozada .... assistant editor (as Tim Lozada)
Gregory Maratea .... digital intermediate producer: Post Logic Studios
Rebecca Merle .... post-production coordinator
Kris Santa Cruz .... colorist: high definition
William Lehman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Cyril Merle .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jaron White .... contributing editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jay Bellerose .... musician: drums and percussion (as Jay Belrose)
Caroline Buckman .... musician: viola
Matthew Cooker .... musician: cello (as Matt Cooker)
Marcy Dicterow-Vaj .... musician: violin (as Marcy Vaj)
Richard Dodd .... musician: cello
Chris Douridas .... music supervisor
Ryan Freeland .... music recording engineer: The Pass
Terry Glenny .... musician: violin
Eric Gorfain .... musician: violin
Leah Katz .... musician: viola
James King .... musician: saxophone
John Krovoza .... musician: cello
Marisa Kuney .... musician: violin
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Bruce MacFarlane .... music recording engineer: Mimeograph (as Bruce Macfarlane)
Craig MacIntyre .... musician: drums and percussikon
Peter Nevil .... musician: clarinet
Dan Ostermann .... musician: trombone
Dan Ostermann .... musician: tuba
Alyssa Park .... musician: violin
Michael Penn .... musician: keyboards, guitar, bass, various and sundry
Nic Rainer .... music editor
Melissa Reiner .... musician: violin
Jim Schultz .... music editor
The Section Quartet .... musicians: quartet
Niko Toubia .... assistant music supervisor
Patrick Warren .... musician: keyboards
Patrick Warren .... orchestrator
Amy Wickman .... musician: violin
Alwyn Wright .... musician: violin
 
Other crew
Claire L. Chandler .... intern/logger (as Claire Chandler)
Kelsey Coleman .... intern/logger
Vincent J. Cook III .... intern/logger (as Vincent James Cook III)
Alfred DeGrand .... intern/logger
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal services: Sloss Eckhouse Brennan
Andrew Esterly .... intern/logger
Nicholas Feitel .... office intern
John B. Finn .... accountant: JFA (as John Finn)
Ryan Garrett .... intern/logger
Ted Gesing .... production coordinator
Brian Hayashi .... intern/logger
Pete Hayes .... accountant: JFA
Alex J. Johnson .... production assistant (as Alex Johnson)
David Kelley .... title designer
Paul Kresge .... intern/logger
Daniel Manco .... production assistant (as Dan Manco)
Adam Mandel .... legal services: Sloss Eckhouse Brennan
Adam Messenger .... intern/logger
Bernard Moor-Jankowski .... intern/logger (as Bernard Moor Jankowski)
Chris Ohlson .... production coordinator
Keith Overton .... intern/logger
Erin Owens .... production assistant
Emily Radecki .... production assistant
Adam Sackett .... title design assistant
Jared Sales .... intern/logger
German R. Sanchez .... intern/logger
Michael Smith .... intern/logger
Melody Storm .... intern/logger
Roger P. Wasson .... title design assistant
A.M. Peters .... assistant to director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hannah Bailey .... special thanks
Colin Clemens .... special thanks
Geoff Haase .... special thanks
Megan Krizmanich .... special thanks
Jennifer Lucht .... special thanks
Mitch Reinholt .... special thanks
Jennifer Shepherd .... special thanks
Jake Tusing .... special thanks
Ali Wikalinska .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens
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95 min
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Continuity: In multiple shots the frame is reversed. At a party framed magazines on a shelf are reversed. During a conversation with his father, the logo on Colin's shirt switches from his left shoulder to his right shoulder (and reversed) and back to his left shoulder.See more »
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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
They're not so bad after all, 9 August 2008

I always just assume, as I'm dragging my tired ass out of bed, into the shower, out the door, into the subway and up the 22 flights of stairs to my tiny box my boss calls a cubicle that any teenager I pass has no clue about anything at all. I know I'm selling them short but I always see them just standing there, talking about nothing at all and making sure everyone around them can hear what they have to say. They're texting each other and shoving each other and making out obnoxiously up against me on the bus. They annoy me but this is primarily because I wish I had it as easy as they do. The irony is that they do have it so easy but they think they're going through the hardest part of their lives, that once they get out of high school, everything will work out in their favour. There's a reason people are always urging young people not to grow up too soon, y'know.

I expected terror. I expected anxiety. I didn't expect these things from the kids in Nanette Burstein's documentary, American TEEN, but rather from myself while having to sit through an in-depth exploration of what it means to be a teenager in middle America these days. I got neither. Instead, I felt sympathy, connection and nostalgia. The promotional material for this Sundance winner for Best Direction in a Documentary suggests that the five teenagers who make up the main subjects follow in the stereotypical footsteps of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. There's Hannah, the rebel (who is really more of an artist than a rebel), Colin, the jock (who defies all preconceived notions of what it means to be a jock), Megan, the princess (who delights in drama and the suffering of others), Jake, the geek (who naturally plays video games and is in the school band) and Mitch, the heartthrob (who barely leaves an impression on the viewer like the others). The reality is that American TEEN is actually a much more tender and understanding exploration of the insecurities that lie behind the images. All five of these kids turned into characters grow more into themselves before our eyes.

Burstein followed these five kids and a good number of their friends for the entire 2006 scholastic year at Warsaw Community High School. They had troubles with their parents, with their friends, with where they would go to college and with what the prom theme would be, to name but a few of the daily dramas in their lives. As one would expect from a teenager, they believe the world revolves around them and that their problems are monumental in comparison with anyone else's. What struck me most though is that their problems are not really that different than my problems or those of my friends. Now I haven't been a teenager for many a year but I still struggle with finding a partner, with finding myself. I still wonder where my life will lead, where I fit in. With responsibilities like bills, rent, a job, staying fit and keeping up with Jones', I don't have time to let the drama consume me. These five and the millions of others just like them define themselves by their dramas as they don't know the fragility of life yet. Still, their subtle self-questioning, their longing to belong and their hope for their futures gives me a whole other kind of hope for the future of humanity.

American TEEN is an enjoyable, refreshing documentary that will inevitably play differently to all who see it, as everyone had a different adolescent experience. Some have moved on while others still hear the echoes of torment or thrill in their minds. I know I was just as lost as they were at their age but I'm pretty sure I wasn't as loud or vindictive - and, yes, I am aware of how simply making this statement ages me more than is necessary. Thanks to Burstein's finely balanced exposition though, when I see a bunch of kids loitering outside my local corner store, I won't focus solely on the loudness with which they ponder which Jonas brother is the hottest but rather remember the confusion that lives inside them and still lives somewhere within me.

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