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Like in much of America, in one small Texas town there’s not much for teenagers to do, especially during another hot summer. Three teenage girls – Autumn, Brittney and Aaloni – have lazy day hangouts, bonfire parties in fields riddled with beer and blunts or casual meetups at fast-food restaurants. Throughout this fever dream season, the girls, who grant intimate access of their social life to filmmakers Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt, openly discuss the darker sides of their adolescent experience: social expectations, toxic masculinity and consent.  

Through a striking verité lens, this feature debut from Hill and Bethencourt reveals a brave, complex and poignant portrait of girlhood and sexual violence set against a big Texas sky of possibilities, heartbreak and hope. 

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