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Jawline by Liza Mandelup
Jawline by Liza Mandelup

Jawline, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker, will open the 2019 CineYouth on Friday, April 26. Directed by Liza Mandelup, Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.

Celebrating its 15th edition in 2019, CineYouth, will feature 64 thrilling and diverse short films for a weekend of free screenings, discussions, and events. The three-day film festival will be held April 26-28, 2019 at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.) and will screen work from filmmakers ages 8-22, shining a light on new work from the growing community of youth filmmakers from around the world, including many who call Chicago home. This year’s CineYouth selection represents 18 countries, and 59% of the directors are women. All events are free and open to the public.

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