A Look Back at Destin Daniel Cretton’s Original Short Term 12
Destin Daniel Cretton's feature film Short Term 12
A Look Back at Destin Daniel Cretton’s Original Short Term 12
Destin Daniel Cretton's short film Short Term 12

A Look Back at Destin Daniel Cretton’s Original Short Term 12

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Back in 2009, when Destin Daniel Cretton was still an unheralded talent in independent film, he brought his 22-minute film, Short Term 12, to the Sundance Film Festival. At that time, about the most one could discover about the film was its terse logline: “A film about kids and the grown-ups who hit them.” It still serves as an ironically brief, but profound description of that film, which would go on to win the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. Earlier this year, Cretton’s feature-length narrative of the same name took home the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW and is now set to open in theaters Friday, August 23.  

We dug into our video archives and found this gem of Destin’s trademark exuberance as he shares his experience working with troubled youth at a group home and how it inspired Short Term 12. Check it out below, along with the trailer for the feature film.

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