All American High screening and Q&A

24 Apr 2014

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Join us for a free screening of All American High followed by a Q&A with director Keva Rosenfeld.

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When: Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 pm


Agnes Doody Auditorium, Swan Hall
60 Upper College Rd
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI


What comes to mind when we imagine teenage life in the 1980s? And how does that correspond to an actual class of 1984 at Torrance High School in California as captured by documentary filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld? All American High, which screened at Sundance in 1987 and South by Southwest in 2013, highlights 1980s nostalgia, illustrating how documentary and fiction may not be that different after all.

Through the eyes of Finnish exchange student Rikki Rauhala, the film portrays a cast similar to teen comedies of the 1980s–the stoner criticizing the school’s approach to mock marriages; the enterprising teen who develops a scheme of charging classmates for entrance to his parties while his parents are out of town; and the 1980s teen girl who can be both class president and a cheerleader. Perhaps what makes All American High so appealing in 2014 is that it represents a formidable nostalgic notion of high school in the 1980s. In fact, All American High probably feels more real today than it did at its premiere in 1987. As such, it becomes a nostalgic film not only for the people who lived it, but the generations that have come since.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the URI English Department.