Only The Young


"A lush beauty of a documentary whose youth face the danger of un-coolness." - Sarah Fisch, Village Voice.

"Works extremely well as a visual essay on post-suburbia, contemplating the effects that regional economic downturns have on the teenagers that are left floundering in the wake." Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit.


Only The Young

Directed by Elizabeth Mims, Jason Tippet

Presented in partnership with Texas Independent Film Network, a program operated by the Austin Film Society.

Only The Young follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California – a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing – yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims’ delicate, ethereal filmmaking and Only The Young’s innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence.

Co-Director Elizabeth Mims in attendance.

MPAA Rating: NR
Run Time: 72 mins
Release Year: 2012
Country of Origin: USA