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‘20-Something’ is an inspirational documentary written and produced by independent film maker, Lanze Spears. It follows five 20- something-year-olds across four different cities in America as they share their stories, experiences and desires to succeed in the creative industry.
We first meet Anastasia, a confident actress from Tuscaloosa, who says that from the age of four she wanted to be an actress in LA. Then there’s Sean from Atlanta, an artist who says that his art is for the people. Afterwards we are introduced to Claire and Mike, who are both in Savannah. Claire works in the fashion world while Mike is script writer. And finally there is Taylor, an artist living and working in New York.
Each person has a unique personality and story to share with the audience. And there is something to gain from watching each one.
Their stories are inspirational. We watch these young individuals fight and work hard for their dreams; it encourages others to do the same. Sean mentions that “I have an urge to create, so I create” and others can take this attitude and be motivated to go for their own dreams. Mike advises people to “trust yourself and don’t listen to anyone telling you that you can’t do something.” From watching this film, young people will be able to gain belief in themselves and their aspirations.
Their stories are relatable. It shows true stories of young people trying to find their feet in the world. They talk about feeling trapped in their small towns and wanting to succeed in the artistic industry in the big cities, such as LA. They face fears about graduating college, trying to find a job, changing their goals and discovering different passions. It is comforting for those who feel pressured by the real world and the unrealistic demand to know what you want to do as soon as you leave school.
Their stories reflect a positive view of the younger generation. These 20-something-year-olds are intelligent and hard-working. Sean talks about his aspiration to connect all different people in Atlanta through art and wants to do his own art shows. Claire mentions her goals to get into advertising. In a recent interview with Toonari Post, Lanze Spears says that he wanted to make something positive because there wasn’t anything positive on TV.
And ‘20-Something’ is visually interesting to watch. The handheld camera gives an intimate atmosphere to the documentary. It is as if you are there and talking directly to them, a personal feel. The variation of music and bright colors draw you in and your attention is captivated for the entire documentary.
‘20-Something’ is an amazing documentary that everyone should watch, especially young people. It depicts real people and their stories. It shows the highs and lows of trying to make it in a very competitive job market through personal points of view, and you get an interesting understanding of many industries that you may not be aware of. Most of all, it is a pleasure to watch.
Rated 5/5 Stars – for compelling stories, fantastic soundtrack and an inspirational message
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