Award-Winning Indie Favorite 'Short Term 12' Set for August Release
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2013
Write this one down on your calenders, it's a must watch, one of the best indie films of the year. Cinedigm has announced a release date for the film Short Term 12, directed by Destin Cretton, which premiered at SXSW 2013 and won both the Audience and Grand Jury Award. The innovative indie studio has set the film starring Brie Larson as a supervisor of an at-risk teens facility for limited release starting on August 23rd later this summer, with a nationwide roll-out to follow. I've seen it and can't recommend it enough, an excellent drama that should connect with today's film-lover audiences in many ways. Watch for it this year.
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, Tanner Hall, Scott Pilgrim, 21 Jump Street, Don Jon), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teens. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.
If you haven't read any of the numerous glowing reviews of this film, I suggest reading this one by Germain Lussier on SlashFilm. We'll be following Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 closely leading up to its release.