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Kickstart This: Grow Up, Tony Phillips – A New Feature Film by Emily Hagins

There is an emerging talent coming out of Austin, Tx. that many locals have been aware of for years. Her name is Emily Hagins, and besides being an incredibly young filmmaker, she is also one of the most knowledgable and not to mention nerdy ones out there. Nerdy in the best way of course. Not to be outdone by her incredible wealth of knowledge at such a young age, she is also incredibly passionate about the art of filmmaking. At the age of 18 in 2011, she premiered her third feature film, My Sucky Teen Romance, at SXSW. That film has since gone on to be distributed by Dark Sky Films, the same company that has put out other fantastic films on Blu-ray/DVD like The Innkeepers, Cold Sweat, and Stake Land.

Emily is now working on getting her fourth feature made, and she needs your help. The film is called Grow Up, Tony Phillips, and to tell you more about the film is the filmmaker herself:

About the Film

Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and everything to do with that crystalline moment in time everyone has when they realize life marches forward and they’re the youngest they’ll ever be. It’s a coming-of-age story, but this isn’t an indie drama about a boy becoming a man. It’s a comedy about Tony Phillips, a guy who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date.

This won’t be teenage life as viewed from an adult’s nostalgia-tinted rear view mirror. This is in every sense a teen’s story told from the perspective of actual teenagers, both behind and in front of the camera. That means no hyper-meta dialogue, no larger-than-life scenarios, and no over-the-top style. This is all straight from Emily’s heart.

About the Production

Grow Up, Tony Phillips is the fourth feature film from 19-year-old Emily Hagins. Her first, undertaken at the impossible age of 11, was Pathogen, a zombie film; second, the ghostly The Retelling; and third was the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, which was released on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/VOD through Dark Sky Films on September 4th, 2012.

Arcanum Pictures is an Austin-based producing team founded by Peter Hall and Paul Gandersman working in narrative short and feature films, as well as commercials.

We are currently in pre-production on Grow Up, Tony Phillips, with principal photography set to begin in and around Central Texas in late Fall of 2012.

For more information about Emily, visit her website. For more information about Arcanum Pictures, visit their website as well.

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J.C. De Leon

J.C. De Leon

Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.