Version 5.0 of the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series continues with this critically acclaimed, indie comedy-drama written and directed by Bo Burnham in his feature-film directorial debut. It is told through the perspective—including via selfie videos posted on Facebook—of 13-year-old Kayla Day (played by Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for a 2019 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy) enduring the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus-far disastrous eighth-grade year. Josh Hamilton plays her loving, but sometimes clueless dad.
What the critics are saying about “EIGHTH GRADE”:
• “So deeply rooted in the feminine adolescent experience that it often feels as if Bo Burnham cracked open a whole mess of girls’ diaries to pen it. You’re going to fall in love with Elsie Fisher, the big, beating heart of ‘Eighth Grade.’” — Kate Erbland, Indiewire
• “Very, very special… Thank you, bless you, Bo Burnham” — Brooks Barnes, The New York Times
• “Poignantly captures middle school in the time of Snapchat” — Emily Yoshida, Vulture
• “We have seen the future of coming-of-age films, and its name is ‘Eighth Grade’” — David Fear, Rolling Stone
• “It’s a movie for the moment, and man, does it get this moment right” — Erik Davis, Movies.com
• “‘Eighth Grade’ will break your heart” — Mike Ryan, Uproxx
Rated R (for language and some sexual material) • running time: 1 hr., 33 mins.
The 2018-19 AFS Screening Series continues on Thursday & Saturday, May 2 & 4, with “IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK,” based on the James Baldwin masterpiece and co-presented with John Brown Lives!. And save the dates for 18th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival (née "Film Forum"): October 24-17, 2019!
To learn more about the Screening Series or other AFS programs and activities, please contact series Programming Director Fred Balzac at 518-588-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org.