Trailer Watch: Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12
The trailer for Destin Cretton SXSW-winning Short Term 12 dropped today, and it does a fine job of reminding me that this is one of the films I really must catch up with. For all New Yorkers, you can see the film this month at BAMcinemaFest, and next month at Rooftop, prior to its August theatrical release through Cinedigm.
Here’s what Scott wrote on the film in his SXSW wrap:
Winning SXSW’s Narrative Grand Jury Prize was Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, the feature expansion of his excellent 2008 short about counselors and youth at a residential facility for at-risk teens. Flipping the gender of his protagonist from the short to the feature, Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson as a savvy counselor whose spirit hasn’t yet been crushed by the bureaucrats above her. Of course, she’s challenged, not just by troubled teenagers but also by life changes and self-worth issues, the latter stemming from her relationship to her soon-to-be paroled dad. Short Term 12 has an insistent score, and it doesn’t downplay its commercial instincts. Nonetheless, it is a warm, generous film that retains a heartfelt emotional authenticity. And the natural and nuanced Larson, here following a strong supporting turn in James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, is a breakout.
And below is his video interview with Cretton.