This Documentary About Internet Culture Rocked Sundance – Now, See It in Houston
Explore the story of Austyn Tester as 14 Pews presents Jawline on Friday, September 6th! This 2019 Sundance Film Institute winner, which earned a Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker Award, begins tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss it!
In rural Tennessee, Austyn Tester, a 16-year-old newcomer to the live-broadcast ecosystem, attempts to ride a wave of optimism to become the next big Internet crush. Teen girls all over the world tune into online “boy broadcasts” like Tester’s, in a 21st-century version of Tiger Beat, where all your favorite heartthrobs might actually interact with you online for a minute or two.
But Tester’s earnestness sets him apart, peering wide-eyed into his laptop camera and professing unconditional love and support to his female fans for hours on end. What’s he selling? Male validation. In return, he asks for fame and a better life for his family. Will Tester’s open heart give him celebrity status and a chance to escape from his dead-end town, or is this new ecosystem built for failure?
Liza Mandelup’s debut documentary, Jawline, distills the most complex concepts about modern-day childhood and a gold-rush teen economy into one fascinating and surprisingly moving human portrait that questions what values we’ve passed onto our youths, and discovers a new and fleeting American dream.
14 Pews is a multidisciplinary nonprofit, which is passionate about engaging and challenging audiences through the visual arts, film and theater, while celebrating and promoting Houston’s diversity. Since opening nine years ago, 14 Pews has brought hundreds of cultural programs to the Houston community.
See this thought-provoking indie favorite tomorrow at 14 Pews! General ticket prices to Jawline are $10. All tickets can be purchased online at www.14pews.org.
At Hollow Tree Park Apartments in Houston, Texas, we love mixing up on-site events with those happening in our greater area. Be sure to pencil this one into your busy schedule!
Friday, September 6, 2019—7:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
800 Aurora Street
Houston, Texas 77009