Day of Youth

Rhee wakes in a hospital, unable to recall the last three years of her life. The doctors warn her to be ready to confront all the change that might have happened, but she is dismayed to find none. She's still riding out the recession underemployed and living with her dad, and still bouncing back and forth between her ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend. She is looking for a future--but her exes take advantage of her memory loss to try to get a second chance at the past. They jockey for her favor as New Year's Eve arrives, and all three must decide what they really want out of a new year.

  • Jared Vincenti
    Allston Xmas
  • Fred Young
    Allston Xmas
  • Audra Avery
    Production Deisgner
    American Hustle, Mozart in the Jungle
  • Ally Tully
    Key Cast
  • Joe Kidawski
    Key Cast
  • Alex Sweeney
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, GLBT
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Boston LGBT Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    April 4, 2015
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Jared Vincenti

Jared is a graduate of Boston University's graduate film program. He recently directed all 12 episodes of the webseries Allston Xmas, a comic anthology of short stories taking place on Boston's notorious moving day. The Boston Herald called it "equally sweet, sad, and hilarious."

His short films have played the LA Comedy Festival, the Cedar Rapids Film Festival, and the Early Bird Film Festival in Bulgaria.

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Director Statement

Soderbergh joked that the best way to pitch any film is to say that it's "about hope."

Day of Youth is not a film about hope. If anything, it's a film about false hope.

It's about New Years' resolutions, about resets and do-overs, about all ways we try to make fresh starts in our lives. It's about three characters who get a second chance, and find it's not at all what they had hoped for.

Day of Youth wears the skin of a romantic comedy: a genre that loves easy beginnings and easy endings, but often forgives a lot of demented behavior on the way there. It plays like the sequel to a movie we don't remember. There must have been a time when falling in love or coming out of the closet felt like a triumphant finale. But this is the chapter where our heroes, queer and straight, have to face that life goes on past easy endings, and a lot of it is really shitty and hard.

But it's not about despair. It is a comedy. It's a comedy about growing up. It's about finding something better than pipe dreams and nostalgia.

It's about doing the work. It's about digging in, and learning that you have to be ok with where you are before you can be excited for where you'll be.

Well, when I put it that way, maybe it is a movie about hope, after all.

But hope is hard.

And Day of Youth is a comedy about the strange, stubborn, demented paths we have to take to learn that.