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GeekStarter: GROW UP, TONY PHILLIPS - Emily Hagins' new Feature

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GeekStarter is all about highlighting Geeky Kickstarter projects, and this week we have a great one. Emily Hagins is one of the biggest film geeks, not to mention, one of the youngest/coolest film makers out there. 

I had the chance to interview her for her recent film My Sucky Teen Romance, and now she is trying to raise money for her newest feature film. Grow Up, Tony Phillips is "a Halloween-set comedy written and directed by Emily Hagins (Pathogen, My Sucky Teen Romance)."

Here is some info about the film and the production:

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.

Be sure to check out Emily's website and follow her on Twitter.

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