'tweens

Video

1997, 9:15 minutes

Interstitials about the space between childhood and adolescence. In the summer of 1997, video artist and educator Cheri Gaulke worked with a group of young people (11-15 years old) to explore what coming-of-age means to them. Their impressions are captured in short segments that address a variety of topics including maturity, puberty, death of a parent, future goals, and the role of traditional rituals such as Bat Mitzvahs and Quinceañeras. The kids’ reflections are touching, humorous, insightful, and often charming.

Exhibited at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

  • Bronze Apple, from National Educational Media Network Apple Awards Film and Video Competition, Oakland, California
  • Runner-Up, Non-Fiction category, Sony’s Visions of U.S. national video competition at American Film Institute

Credits: Directed by Cheri Gaulke, editor Joe Leonardi, original music Miriam Cutler. Made possible by support from the City of Pasadena Cultural Planning Division with additional support from the Armory Center for the Arts, Neighborhood Church, and Saint Andrew’s Youth Ministry.