11/17/2019 03:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

United States 2019 99 min English original version with German subtitles

by Liza Mandelup

DoP: Noah Collier, Editor: Alex O’Flinn, Music: Kai Hugo Karstanje, Producers: Bert Hamelinck, Hannah Reyer, Sacha Ben Harroche, Lauren Cioffi, Production: Caviar, with: Austyn Tester, Donavan Tester, Michael Weist, Julian Jara, Jovani Jara

Austyn Tester – handsome and 16 – feels oppressed by the confines of life in his small hometown in Tennessee. But in the online-streaming world, Austyn is adored by thousands of young girls, all eager for his “likes”, his attention, or just to hear him say their name. For Austyn and many like him, a big enough fan base could mean a ticket out of rural America and into a new life of wealth and fame – quite the undertaking when you’re coming of age. JAWLINE delivers us into this burgeoning online world as Austyn is discovered by a manager and sets off on a U.S. tour to build his following and make his dreams come true.

“Liza Mandelup’s documentary is an eye-opening look at the realities of teenage social media stardom” (Hollywood Reporter)

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Liza Mandelup is a film director from New York residing in Los Angeles. She has published two photo books and shown her work in numerous exhibitions. She has been a longtime collaborator for many online platforms such as Vogue, Nowness, i-D, and Dazed, as well as having directed numerous films for many other premiere editorial platforms. She was featured on Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2017”. She made the short film FANGIRL (2016), which was also about live chats, then SUNDOWN (2016), and SHOWPONY (2018). Currently, she is in production on her second feature film.

Awards (selection): U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaker (Sundance Film Festival, USA 2019), Special Mention of the Youth Jury (Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Great Britain 2019)

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