JAWLINE To Open CineYouth Festival

JAWLINE To Open CineYouth Festival

CineYouth Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced the Opening Night presentation of award-winning documentary JAWLINE, directed by Liza Mandelup, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Jawline is a critically acclaimed documentary praised by The Hollywood Reporter as “an engaging, amusing and occasionally jaw-dropping portrait.” The film was honored at Sundance with a Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker Liza Mandelup. The film will screen as a special presentation on April 26 at 7pm the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) and feature Mandelup in person for a post-screening discussion. Tickets to the Opening Night film are free and available now at www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth.

JAWLINE follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee. Liza Mandelup’s feature debut, 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 have passed onto our youth and discovers a new and fleeting American dream. JAWLINE is produced by Caviar and will be in select theaters and on Hulu this summer.

“JAWLINE is a perfect kick-off to CineYouth,” said Cinema/Chicago Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “With honesty, integrity, and without judgement, the film deftly explores how, through social media, young people today use moving images to forge and communicate a sense of identity and connection, whether real or manufactured, with the larger world.”

CineYouth is a three-day film festival which presents 64 thrilling and diverse short films from 18 countries over a weekend of free screenings, discussions, and events. Held April 26-28, 2019 at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.), the festival will screen work from filmmakers ages 8-22, shining a light on new work from the ever expanding community of youth filmmakers from around the world, including many who call Chicago home. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth.

CineYouth is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago and Flashpoint Chicago, a Campus of Columbia College Hollywood, with additional support from WTTW, DCASE, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The full 2019 CineYouth schedule of programming blocks is as follows:

Friday, April 26

7:00pm - Welcome and Opening Night film presentation JAWLINE with director Liza Mandelup in attendance

Saturday, April 27

2:00pm - Playtime: Animation

3:00pm - Time Regained: Documentary

4:15pm - A New Outlook: LGBTQ+

5:30pm - Up Past Bedtime: Horror

Sunday, April 28

10:00am - The Pitch (Music Box Theatre Lounge)

11:00am - Neighboring Worlds: International

12:15pm - She Persisted: Women in Cinema

1:30pm - Weight of the World: Drama

2:45pm - Young Visionaries: Experimental

4:30pm - Cinema of Chicago

6:00pm - Awards Ceremony

CineYouth’s Opening Night film selection will be announced in the coming days. For more information on the CineYouth Festival, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth. Free tickets to screenings and events are available now.