Artfully mixing the video medium with feature film, "Stay the Same, Never Change" tests the boundaries of what the viewer thinks they know about film and as such, is listed in the New Frontiers category of films at Sundance. "Stay the Same, Never Change" follows the lives of several teenage girls in the Midwest and shows their propensity for self-absorbedly putting themselves in precarious, unsafe situations. Watching this film was a long, uncomfortable ride, much like the teenage years. In speaking with the Director, Laurel Nakadate, after the film, she indicated that her goal in making the film was to make the viewer feel uncomfortable in watching these girls, the decisions that they make and the levels of self-absorption apparent in the lives of teenage girls, not just those in the Midwest. The music in this film is excellent and helps provide some framework and feeling for the disjointed scenes.
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