2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Bo Burnham. The stand-up comedian directed the latest stand-up special by the legendary Chris Rock, Tamborine, which is currently on Netflix and also brought his feature film directorial debut, Eighth Grade, to Sundance where it proved to be one of the more acclaimed films at the festival. Eighth Grade was scooped by A24, the distributor behind Moonlight and Lady Bird, and today brings us the first trailer for the coming-of-age drama that looks at the struggles of youth in the social media age.
Elsie Fisher stars Kayla, a young girl on the verge of escaping middle school but is uncertain of herself as most are at that age. She gets so much information from the internet and smart phone that is practically glued to her hand. Josh Hamilton and Emily Robinson co-star in the film.
The acclaim surrounding Eighth Grade at its festival showings have Bo Burnham’s directorial debut propelled to the top of must-see lists for independent cinema. Check out the trailer below and keep an eye for Eighth Grade when it lands in theaters this July from the good folks at A24.
The official synopsis for Eight Grade:
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.