Today, at the invitation of our drama teacher, I accompanied some middle school girls from my new school to a screening at the Chicago International Film Fest. This was my first time visiting both the Harold Washington Cultural Center which is just down the street from the schools and it was also my first time partaking in the CICFF's offerings.
This movie is so provocative and important for adults and young women to see ( I don't know if adolescent boys are ready for this). The story of a young model is told and interwoven with themes on plastic surgery, cosmetics and marketing to teens. The model and the director of this film made an appearance at the cultural center immediately following the screening, too. I was really alarmed by the girl's mother in the movie, and in person, she appeared to be just as aggressive and fame seeking. All she did while her daughter was speaking to the kids assembled was busy herself taking pictures of the audience and her daughter. I'm not just talking a few snapshots; she was making a spectacle of herself taking pictures the entire time.
Anyway, I'll be curious to hear the feedback from the kids about the movie; many seemed just star struck by the star of the movie!
Below is a You Tube interview with the director.