Hit documentary, “American Teen,” has ties to Lake Erie College
Lake Erie College graduates succeed in many fields. Carol Lewis Morris ’67 and her production company, 57th and Irving Productions, are hitting the big screen with the film, “American Teen.”
Morris is named as an executive producer of the documentary film, which focuses on a group of seniors at Warsaw High School in the small town of Warsaw, Ind. Documentary filmmaker, Nanette Burstein, captures the life of these students and the various cliques that they are in while they go through the ups and downs of high school life.
The July opening weekend grossed $45,589 for the film. During the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, “American Teen” was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and Nanette Burstein received a Directing Award for the documentary.
57th & Irving Productions is a diversified media holding company that produces independent films, in addition to television and commercial work. Based in New York City, Morris’ son, Patrick serves as president of the company.
Summary of the film:
Set in the small, typical mid-western town of Warsaw, Ind., “American
Teen” follows a self-absorbed cheerleader, a loser video game playing
band geek, the basketball star and the artsy outcast. At first glance,
these descriptions serve as cliché social stereotypes, but the kids
become three dimensional as the film progresses. The drama that is
their senior year is both fun, emotional and at times, horrifying. This
uncensored observational documentary gives a surprisingly accurate
look into the life of a group of TRL-generation teenagers.