Jawline (U.S. Documentary Competition)
Who: Liza Mandelup, director
Logline: Sixteen-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
Something that was an influence on this film was: Charlie White’s American Minor photo book.
A darling I had to kill along the way was: characters. We filmed with more characters than made it into the film, and that was heartbreaking because I wanted them all to fit!
The biggest lesson I learned making this movie was: it’s great to make a documentary about a world you don’t mind hanging out in for a while. Documentaries are extremely personal, even when they seem to be about someone else. The connection between moviemaker and crew is what you see on camera—that bond is what makes the film.