Grow Up, Tony Phillips Trailer Tees Up SXSW Debut
03.11.13 by Ryan
"You're too old to be this irresponsible."
Whenever Emily Hagins makes a movie, it demands a lot of attention, mostly because the now 20-year-old writer-director is already on to her fourth feature. She started out at age 12 with the zombie movie Pathogen, the making of which was documented in 2006's Zombie Girl: The Movie. After venturing into the world of vampires for 2011's My Sucky Teen Romance, Hagins is back with a coming-of-age comedy in Grow Up, Tony Phillips, which is set to debut tomorrow at South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). The movie is about Halloween, but not about horror movies. Instead it focuses on the aptly-named teenager Tony Phillips (Tony Vespe), who refuses to give up his love of Halloween despite being considered "too old" for the holiday.
"Grow Up, Tony Phillips is a story I felt passionate about telling because it reflects a genuine transition point in the teen experience I think is important and often overlooked," Hagins told THR. With a first trailer for Grow Up, Tony Phillips already online, those that can't make the festival can still have a look at the movie.
Grow Up, Tony Phillips co-stars AJ Bowen (Sun Don't Shine, You're Next) and will seek distribution at South By Southwest.