Teen Voices: Versions of Reality in American Teen and Going on 13 — Kathleen Sweeney, Afterimage, January 2010
New interview at the Bullfighter's Cafe, Going
on 13: Can't Stay a Little Girl Forever — December, 2009
Listen to Kristy, Dawn, Esme, Isha and Ariana talk about the journey
of adolescence with Gil Gross KGO!
Download and listen! — November 20, 2009
Listen to Kristy & Dawn on NPR's, California Report — October 16, 2009
Local documentary 'Going On 13' focuses on awkward years of puberty — Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times, November 2, 2009
Teenagers Grow up in Documentary 'Going on 13' — INDIA-WEST, September 18, 2009
Radio interview with directors, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan & Dawn Valadez — Help! My Teenager is an Alien, internet radio show hosted by Sarah Newton
SilverDocs Diary: Alternative American Teens — Karina Longworth, Spout blog
Film Review — Beth Greenfield, Time Out New York
Film fest for kids calls 'cut' today — Jo Ann Kirby, The Stockton Daily Record, January 18, 2009
Women take the documentary helm at Tribeca fest — Simi Horwitz, Hollywood Reporter/Reuters
Film Review — MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filisopher
Documentary follows area girls going through puberty — Martin Ricard, Oakland Tribune, April 13, 2008
Success is how you define it — Dan Webster, The Spokesman-Review
Filmmakers follow girls' lives, from playtime to puberty — JoAnne Tobias, SF Chronicle, July 1, 2005
Two women explore minds of pre-teen girls in film (pdf) — Julissa McKinnon, Oakland Tribune, December 4, 2002
"**** (Four Stars) An inspiring close-up on
girls who are at an age that is usually quite impenetrable to adults"
—Beth Greenfield, Time Out New York
A nuanced depiction of puberty that is a
must see for anyone working in
education, social work, or allied fields. I cannot wait to show this
film to my students. I wish it had been there for me!"
—Karra Bikson, Assistant Professor, NYU's Silver School of Social Work
"*** (Three Stars) Empathetic documentary. Recommended."
—K. Fennessy, Video Librarian
"A valuable tool that shows teachers [that] their 'real' curriculum is staring them in the face every day."
—Ron Klemp, Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge
"As parents, we have the tendency to separate ourselves from our kids' realities. Because of your film, you've given me the opportunity to make the necessary changes in becoming a better and stronger parent."
—Tameeka Kelley, Engage Her, Director of Programs
“...Told with a sensitivity that is so important when we
seek to understand the lives of girls in a society that does not always
—Carole A. Winston, Ph.D., LCSW,
Director, Maya Angelou Institute for the Improvement of Child and Family Education, Winston-Salem State University
”…Frank and compelling. An excellent choice for discussions about what it means to become a young woman in today’s society.”
—Robin Levin, School Library Journal
"In the same spirit as the acclaimed Seven Up!
series...this program tracks four culturally diverse San Francisco
Bay-area girls as they progress from sweet 9-year-olds into loquacious
—Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist
"Extraordinary. Remarkable. Insightful.
Real. Amazing. Beautiful. Powerful. Important."
—Julie Metzger, Nurse Consultant at Seattle Children's Hospital
"In a culture that values the stories
of boys and men more than those of girls and women, here are the voices
of girls and women in all their complicated and human glory."
—MaryAnn Johanson, The Flick Filosopher
the need for youth programs and positive female role models into sharp
—Lindsay E. White, Eureka! Internship Coordinator, Girls Inc. of Alameda County
“If you have anything to do with children, tweens or teenagers then watch this film. Very rarely do we get such an unedited version of life for our young women.”
—Sarah Newton, Author & Radio Host, Help! My Teenager Is an Alien: The Everyday Situation Guide for Parents
"Fascinating and engrossing. I'd recommend it for a variety of
courses in psychology, education,
sociology, and anthropology at the college level."
—Laraine M. Glidden, Visiting Professor of Psychology, Center on Health and Education, Georgetown University
"What I found most inspiring about this documentary was how
resilient each girl turned out
to be. A must-see for gender studies, psychology, or education
curricula. Every college library
should own this DVD."
—Melanie Bishop, Associate Professor, Arts & Letters, Prescott College, AZ