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The collaboration of this film began two years ago at the Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims screened their first documentary short, Thompson. They happened to be in the same program as Derek Waters, the creator of Drunk History (Jury Prize Winner). After meeting, they realized they shared the same taste in films (American Movie and Billy the Kid). All three decided they wanted to make a documentary together. After the festival they embarked on the adventure of creating their first feature, Only the Young.


Jason attended CalArts for his undergraduate degree where he directed Thompson his first short documentary that won the Grand Jury Award at SXSW 2009 and went on to play Sundance and a handful of other festivals.


Elizabeth grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from CalArts in 2010. She produced Thompson and also directed a short, Weathered that played SXSW. Not to brag but she was also homecoming princess at Austin High School.

Now the two are nearly inseparable which is quite annoying.


Derek Waters was born in Baltimore where the television show, "The Wire" takes place. Derek escaped the drug world and ran off to the entertainment business. He Created a web-series called, Drunk History, that played on HBO, and won the Jury Prize at Sundance in 2010 for Best American Short film. He's in love with Jason Tippet, and Elizabeth Mims.

Yoko Okumura - Associate Producer

Josh Polon - Associate Producer

Sean Meehan - Associate Producer

Project Team


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