The Adirondack Film Society Screening Series at LPCA, Version 5.0, 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.
Common Sense Media hailed Ms. Fisher as "fabulous in writer-director Burnham's poignant, sensitive exploration of the challenges of early adolescence in the age of social media and constant phone use," while Screen Rant (*) raved that the film "masterfully captures the emotional horror of being a Generation Z middle-schooler, yet tells a universally relatable coming of age story."
What other critics have written or said 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
The 2018-19 AFS Screening Series continues on Thursday and Saturday, May 2 and 4 (film TBA). And save the dates for 18th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival (née "Film Forum"): October 24-27, 2019!
To learn more about the Screening Series or other AFS programs and activities, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org. To learn more about the film, check out: