Are you ready for a newsletter about a podcast about a low budget film about the making of a low budget film?
Then you’re ready to learn about Gerry Sindell’s misleadingly titled story of a film shoot gone catastrophically wrong, 1974’s Teenager! This week on the After Show, Quentin, Roger and Gala get into the compelling virtues of Teenager and Sindell’s career – here at Counter Talk, I’ve got Teenager trivia and another glimpse inside the Archives…
Yes, as hinted last week, this is the final film discussion originally recorded for the Video Archives pilot episode. We trimmed it from that episode for length, but this was a wonderful conversation about a movie that’s a miracle of efficiency, as Sindell stretched a minuscule $7,000 budget as far as it could go. It’s also an excellent entry in the “movies about movie-making” subgenre, with a cutting perspective on how capturing real life can cross the line into exploitation.
One sidebar the episode doesn’t get into is Andrea Cagan’s post-acting career. The titular Teenager of the film (who also starred in New World’s The Hot Box and hippie curio Captain Milkshake) later went on to be a bestselling author! She specializes in biography, and has co-authored books with Grace Slick, Diana Ross, and Video Archives favorite Pam Grier. If you loved Teenager, pick up her memoir and read more about her multifaceted life.
Unfortunately, everything about the presentation and marketing of Teenager seems designed to obscure the smart, thoughtful film within. What’s up with this cover of the Video Archives copy of Teenager, with that salacious tagline, and a cheesecake shot of an anonymous girl standing on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for some reason?