Mandy Lane. Beautiful. Untouched. High school royalty waiting to be crowned. Since the dawn of Junior year, men have tried to possess her. Some have even died in reckless pursuit of this 16 year-old Texas angel.
Chloe and Red invite Mandy out to Red's family ranch for the weekend. Mandy sees it as an excellent opportunity to cement her new friendships. The boys see it as an opportunity to finally get with Mandy Lane. Driving across the Texas landscape, the kids begin to gently chip away at the wall that surrounds her. Joints are smoked. A keg is stolen off a beer truck. Pills are crushed to fine powder and inhaled. Mandy observes it all with the gentle interest of a foreign tourist. And they love her for it.
At the ranch, all the boys start to make their move - each one hoping to be the first to attain the unattainable Mandy Lane. However, as night falls and the booze, drugs, and hormones take over, things are said and advances made which can never be reversed. Suddenly, sweet Mandy finds herself pit in a brutal struggle for survival against someone whose interest she has rejected.
Forget reading, writing and arithmetic. In high school, learning to be yourself and not succumbing to peer pressure is the ultimate test. And this is one exam that Mandy is determined not to fail.
High School, for me, was a pretty terrifying experience. It was a unique time--a time drenched in bittersweet nostalgia, yet also a time of fear, insecurity, and incredible feats of meanness. With "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane", we wanted to make a high school film that captured the dread of that universal experience, one that didn't shy away from the raw emotion of the situations it presented. I hope we were successful in this endeavor, and that people will watch "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" and remember how awful it was to be a teenager--and also how desperately they miss those times.
Jonathan Levine, Director
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
JONATHAN LEVINE (Director)
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE is Jonathan Levine's first feature film.
In 2005, Jonathan was selected from a pool of award-winning filmmakers to direct and star in a documentary as part of Audi's "Step Ahead with A3" promotion. The film, entitled LOVE BYTES, sees Jonathan go on Internet dates in various cities across America, in a quest to find true love on the Web. The film played to acclaim on the Audi website and was also broadcast on the A&E Network.
In 2002, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory as a director. Jonathan's thesis film, SHARDS, about a hip hop DJ's attempt to kick his crystal meth habit, screened at film festivals around the world, and won the Best Short Film award at the American Black Film Festival. HBO acquired the rights to distribute the film, which is airing on the network throughout 2006. As recognition for his work on SHARDS, AFI awarded Jonathan their prestigious Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award.
Born and raised in New York City, Levine has been making films since he was 12 years old. Following his graduation from Brown University's Art/Semiotics program, he worked in New York as personal assistant to renowned writer/director Paul Schrader.
JACOB FORMAN (Writer)
Jacob grew up between East Timor, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. As an undergraduate at Brown University, he studied history, film and literature. Awarded a Graduate Fellowship in Fiction, Jacob received an MFA from Brown University in 1998. He studied fiction with Robert Coover and Carole Maso, and wrote his first screenplay under the tutelage of Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel. After working as a journalist in Telluride and National Features Editor for America Online's city guide, Jacob earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in 2004. He recently completed an adaptation of H. Joaquin Jackson's memoir ONE RANGER for Catch Fire Films and Rope the Moon Productions. Jacob received an AFI Screenwriting Scholarship and a 2003 PRISM Generation Next Fellowship. He was a Finalist for the 2003 Cohen Trust Emerging Screenwriter Award, Finalist for the 2001 Sundance Feature Film Program and a Publishers' Finalist in the 1997-8 James Fellowship for the Novel. His short stories appear in several magazines, including the Spring 2005 issue of Bomb.
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