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Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Thu Aug 01: 7.30pm
Fri Aug 02: 7.30pm
Sat Aug 03: 8.00pm
Wed Aug 07: 8.00pm

Liza Mandelup
1h 39m

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 Testers, in a 21s t-century version of Tiger Beat, where all your fave heartthrobs might actually interact with you online for a minute or two  or more, for the right price. But Testers 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. Whats he selling? Male validation. In return, he asks for fame and a better life for his family. Will Testers 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 Mandelups feature debut 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 weve passed onto our youths, and discovers a new and fleeting American dream. Mandelup approaches this peculiar world with an intimate air of BFF confidentiality and finds that as esoteric as the internet and its niches feel to some, boy broadcasts represent modern youths starvation for love and acceptance and susceptibility to exploitation  a tale, unfortunately, as old as time.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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