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Cusp by Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt
Cusp by Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt

Showtime released the official trailer for the award-winning feature documentary Cusp, from first-time feature-film directors Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt, premiering Friday, November 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Winners of the 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the filmmakers present an intimate and authentic glimpse into American girlhood when the constraints of adolescence clash with the growing desire for personal agency.

The film will begin an awards qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 12 ahead of the Showtime premiere.

Set in a small Texas military town and shot in verité style, Cusp chases three spirited teenage girls – Brittney, Aaloni and Autumn – as they live out their fever-dream summer. The film captures intimate moments in female friendship while revealing the often traumatic experience of growing up in a culture of toxic masculinity. Though the girls’ experiences are completely unique to their upbringing, Cusp tells a strikingly universal coming-of-age tale that is, at turns, funny, tragic, complicated, magical and stirring.

“The film gives space for these three incredibly brave girls, who are on the cusp of womanhood, to share their stories, revealing that there’s true strength in vulnerability,” says Hill.

Adds Bethencourt, “Cusp is a familiar story; as it foreshadows generational cycles, we hope it encourages future teenagers and girls to feel less alone in their own experiences.”

Watch the official trailer of Cusp.

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