Short Term 12
Film runs Fri, Aug 23 through Thu, Sep 5.
Short Term 12
Destin Daniel Cretton, 2013
USA | 96 minutes
Star John Gallagher Jr. in person for Q&A at 5:10pm and intro at 7:45pm screening on Friday!
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) But Grace’s own difficult past, and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself, throws her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility—Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.
She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield), an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18, manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility. Grace comes to find, in both her work and the new teenager in her care, surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.
SXSW, 2013 (Winner: Grand Jury and Audience Prize)
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2013 (Winner: Audience Prize)
“A pitch-perfect feel-good film” – A.M. Homes, Vanity Fair
“Phenomenally moving” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“Grade: A! Impeccable performances all around” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“A roller coaster of every emotion, managing to be both heartwarming and heartrending at once” – Katie Walsh, The Playlist
“Wholly engaging… Brie Larson gives a breakthrough performance” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter