Animation from the 'Rites of Passage' trailer depicting a rite of passage in a tribal setting.
The villages are burning: a news montage in the 'Rites of Passage' trailer shows teens acting out destructive, unguided rites of passage.
2/20/2013 | Rites of Passage YouTube Challenge
Frederick Marx, the Academy and Emmy nominated filmmaker best known for Sundance Film Festival winner, Hoop Dreams, is making a new film about how important it is for teens to receive positive and healthy rites of passage and mentorship into adulthood.
“It’s something I never had and it’s something both research and life experience have proven to me we all need,” he says.
The film is called Rites of Passage; The Right of Every Child Born (working title) and it will be a 90 minute feature-length documentary that seeks to do for rites of passage what Inconvenient Truth did for global warming – bring it out of the underground into the mainstream. Rites of Passage will be released through Marx’s independent, Oakland-based nonprofit production company Warrior Films.
Now, Frederick Marx is challenging teens to participate in the documentary project via a YouTube challenge.
Here is his challenge:
If you are a teen with a story to share, take a look at the 8 minute trailer for the Rites of Passage film so you’ll have a better sense of what the heck we’re talking about. Then, send us your own YouTube video response by completing this sentence:
“If I had been initiated and mentored, my life would’ve been different because...”
Or, if you have been lucky enough to be mentored, complete this sentence:
“Since I have been mentored my life is different because...”
We may use some of your responses in a future trailer for the film, or in the film itself, which we hope will eventually be viewed by millions worldwide. If we choose to use your video response, we will contact you first.
“My belief is that every teen, deep in their bones, knows they deserve healthy, not destructive, rites of passage and mature adult mentorship,” says Marx.
If you are a member of the press who would like to help us get the word out about the Rites of Passage film, please contact our researcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick Marx, Change Agent
Rites of Passage Documentary
Rites of Passage; The Right of Every Child Born (working title) is a 90 minute feature length documentary that will do for rites of passage what Inconvenient Truth did for global warming–bring it out of the underground into the mainstream.
The villages are burning. Worldwide. An estimated $500 billion is spent yearly on teen dysfunctions in the U.S. alone: drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and STDs, school dropouts and expulsions, gang and property crimes, traffic accidents, ADD, ADHD, depression and violence...
Culturally appropriate rites of passage and mentorship programs will help solve these problems. It just might be the silver bullet for youth development.
Our film will not only tell an inspirational story showing people exactly why ritually guided rites of passage and mentorship are necessary for all young people, it will offer the launching pad for a movement that begins right when the lights come up for communities’ to begin co-creating programs for their own youth right then and there.
If you would like to help us spread the word about Rites of Passage, please contact our researcher at email@example.com.
Frederick Marx, Change Agent