In January, San Francisco’s Roxie Theater programmed I Was a Teenage Teenager, a film series dedicated to the teenage experience.
Series: Tube Time
Films and videos found online, inspired by teenagers.
Parents of Punkers
In 1984 daytime talk-show host Phil Donahue bravely tackled the punk epidemic, pitting punk teens against their baffled and buttoned down parents.
Eli Porter: People’s Champion
In 2003 kids from Chamblee, GA, a small suburb north of Atlanta, taped a rap battle show called “Iron Mic” during their 4th period film class.
Mission Possible – Bike Safety
Comatose teens “Dirty Larry” and “Careless Carol” wreak bicycle havoc on the streets of Austin until a rag tag bunch of kids save them from themselves.
Fourteen year olds Moametal and Yuimetal back up sixteen year old Su-Metal in a Japanese band that peddles a mind bending amalgamation of sugary, mechanized J-pop and neck snapping nu-metal.
How to Jitterbug
If you caught our new clip on USA Today’s Pop Candy and wondered how to pull off some of those dance moves: the folks at Metro Goldwyn Mayer have you covered with their Groovie Movie (1944), an occasionally awkward, but physically impressive, instructional video that packs in a lot of historical speculation, outrageous dance moves and blazing swing music as it races towards a truly gonzo-fun conclusion.
Do the Stroll
The teen dance craze called “The Stroll” was given it’s titular anthem by Canadian vocal group The Diamonds in 1957 with slithering saxophones and a slow walking beat.
California Fever was an early teen drama, first aired by CBS in 1979 and lasting only 10 episodes before cancellation.
The First Ever Teen Drama
Beverly Hills, 90210, Degrassi High, My So-Called Life, and Dawson’s Creek were all shows from the 1990s that pioneered the now ubiquitous teen drama, but nothing came before Never Too Young, the 1965 TV show that was the first to target a teen audience.
90s Hip-Hop on BET Teen Summit
The BET Teen Summit was a TV show for teenagers on air from 1989 to 2002 that combined a talk show where teens discussed everyday issues with live performances from up and coming hip-hop and R&B groups.