Short Term 12 (2013) Poster



To try and convince director Destin Daniel Cretton to cast her Brie Larson told him that she had applied to volunteer with disadvantaged children after reading the script in order to research the role. Cretton was impressed and Larson did not reveal until later that she had been rejected by every organization she had applied to.
While most of the children were cast through open casting calls, Keith Stanfield was the only actor to return from the original short film Short Term 12 (2008). Director Destin Daniel Cretton had to struggle to reach him during the casting as he had quit acting and did not have a cell phone.
The song featured in the film, "So You Know What It's Like," was originally written by writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton and then re-written by Keith Stanfield, who is also a rapper and sings the song in the film, in an attempt to incorporate his own experience as a child into the song and make it more effective.
This feature film was adapted from a short of the same name.
Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. got their parts after auditioning via Skype.
It was due to her unpretentious character portrayal in this film that director Lenny Abrahamson cast Brie Larson in his acclaimed Room (2015) garnering her a Best Actress Oscar.
Destin Daniel Cretton wrote the rap music in the film, and then, according to him, Keith Stanfield "made it better."
The song played when Jayden's dad does not come get her is a song performed by a character in one of Destin Cretton's previous films, I Am Not a Hipster (2012).
Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever both appeared in The Spectacular Now (2013) but did not share any scenes together.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival in the narrative feature category.
Winner American Indie Competition at Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) (Audience Award), November 10th, 2013.

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