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Doc Stories film series


Directed by Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

USA | Documentary | 83

6 Nov
Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Directors Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill are expected to attend.


Amid the breathtaking sunsets and wide-open spaces of a Texas summer, three bored teenage girls pass a summer of bonfire parties, booze and weed, and boys who don’t understand that no means no. Each of them shoulders traumas but reveals them in surprisingly blasé fashion to the camera. “There is no normal in teenage years,” as one of the girls comments, and the directors prove that point in poignant and disturbing fashion. These are kids—playing at being adults—in an environment bereft of adult guidance, and Bethencourt and Hill present them in all of their fraught and unforgettable distinctness.

Directors Isabel Bethencourt + Parker Hill

From Directors’ Statement for Cusp: “As first-time feature directors, we have learned so much through making this film, and we can’t thank these girls enough for opening up and sharing their lives with us. They’ve taught us that there’s no easy or universal way to process trauma, and it takes a tremendous amount of courage to try. We’ve watched them grow into young women who are figuring out how to speak up and seize their own agency in this world. We hope their stories will inspire other girls and people to open up about their situations and allow themselves to work through how they feel in a meaningful way.”

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 83

Country USA

Director Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

Executive Producer Caitlin Gold, Naomi McDougall Jones, Joe Plummer, Jenifer Westphal, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus

Producer Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

Editor Parker Hill

Cinematographer Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill

Music T. Griffin