Seventh-graders Kim and Dara are best friends. One day, while hanging out at a local playground, their classmate Marc shows up and, in front of all of his friends, asks Kim a question that leaves her speechless. The two girls quickly retreat to their hideout in Dara's basement, where a 6-year-old DJ, a 20-year-old stereo, a booty-shaking beat, and some fierce moves remind them that everything is going to be okay.
Director's Statement Collapse
The resiliency of the human spirit is never more heartbreakingly on public display than during the tumultuous years of adolescence, when one's sense of self can ping-pong from good, to bad, to good again, all in the span of one afternoon. When you're 13, one event can make you feel like the most unloved and unlovable person in the world. And then, only moments later, you can experience joy and confidence, friendship and laughter. My goal in making Surviving 7th Grade was to capture the strength and hope of that age.
About the Director(s)Collapse
Amy Adrion is currently pursuing a Film Directing M.F.A. at UCLA. Adrion grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey, and graduated with honors from Georgetown University, where she studied Literature and Theology. Surviving 7th Grade is her first film. She is currently in post-production on her next short, The Home of Split Pea Soup, and is writing her thesis project, Shoegazer.