Teenage is an unconventional historical film about youth culture before the 1950s and the creation of teenagers. Based on a groundbreaking book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, by the seminal punk journalist Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming), the film will be directed by Matt Wolf (Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell).
Mixing stylized Super-8 recreations in contemporary locations, the voices of real teens from history performed by actors, a wealth of fascinating archival material, and a contemporary post-punk sound track, the film will show how the “Teen Age” came into existence; the provocative roles youth have played in history; and the powerful influence teenagers still have today.
Matt Wolf was recently honored with a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Having been named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. His critically acclaimed and award-winning feature documentary Wild Combination, about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. Matt has produced and directed short documentaries for the New York Times, including a webby-nominated series on Art Basel Miami Beach. He directed High Line Stories, a series of ten short documentaries for the Sundance Channel about the High Line park in Manhattan. Most recently Matt directed documentary components of Opus Jazz, a film collaboration with New York City Ballet dancers and WNET/PBS Great Performances about Jerome Robbins’ groundbreaking choreography.