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Only the Young

Directed by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims

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Only the Young follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a small Southern California town. Skateboarders Garrison and Kevin, and Garrison’s on–and–off girlfriend, Skye, wrestle with the eternal questions of youth: friendship, true love and the promise of the future. Yet their lives are also touched by the distress signals of contemporary America — foreclosed homes, abandoned businesses and adults in financial trouble. As graduation approaches, these issues become shocking realities. With sun–drenched visuals, lyrical storytelling and a soul–music soundtrack, Only the Young embodies the innocence and candor of its youthful subjects and of adolescence itself.



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Presented with xoxosms

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman

Community Screenings

The short film xoxosms follows the modern–day love story of Gus, a home–schooled Christian guy from small–town Illinois who takes a chance and Facebook messages Jiyun, a beautiful New York City art student from Korea. The two meet in the only place that such different people might ever find each other––online. Their two–year correspondence over email, iChat and Skype blooms into a long–distance relationship captured in instant messages and video-chat footage. When they decide to explore their romance offline, one wonders: Will online love work IRL (in real life)?


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POV has the honor of receiving a 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the desJardins/Blachman Fund and public television viewers. Funding for POV's Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Special support provided by The Fledgling Fund and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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