FOLLOWUP: “The Day My Parents Became Cool” Gets DVD Release May 25th

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We’ve been covering this local creation since before it went into production (see original 2008 post here) – from local lawyer/filmmaker Steve Edmiston comes news that his locally-shot 2009 short “The Day My Parents Became Cool” will be released on DVD by Seattle-based distributor IndieFlix on May 25th.

“Father’s Day is a perfect release event for this film,” said writer/director Edmiston. “Everyone has a story about a time when their Mom or Dad horribly embarrassed them by some misguided attempt to be cool. This film both celebrates and grossly exaggerates those stories.”

As we first reported way back in June 2008 from the set at Highline High School, “The Day My Parents Became Cool” is a 16-minute comedy about a group of teenagers who wake up one morning to find that adults have co-opted teen fashion, complete with tattoos, body piercings and sagging jeans.

Highline Public Schools Superintendent John Welch shows off his mad air guitar skillz during filming.

The film world-premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival, was named “Best Short Comedy” at the Los Angeles International Family Film Festival, and toured the Northwest to enthusiastic response at the Seattle International Film Festival, Bumbershoot One Reel Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Lakedance Film Festival, and even played in Burien last summer.

The film has a unique local pedigree – not only does it feature nearly 150 public high school students (both in front and behind the camera) from seven high schools in Highline and Federal Way school districts, it also showcased HSD Superintendent John Welch in the role he was meant to play: a rebellious punk rocker with spiked hair and a leather “Anarchy” jacket (see photo, right).

“We wanted to bring an arts experience to students who are suffering the loss of their access to art at school,” said Edmiston. “What we never anticipated is the degree to which the community would jump on board the project– we had two cities, arts commissions, county officials, private businesses and individuals – all saying ‘yes’ to nearly whatever we needed to bring this project to the kids.”

No word yet on it the DVD will be available at local Redboxes, but keep your eyes peeled to The B-Town Blog, as we’ll surely let you know when and where you can buy one! In the meantime, here’s the trailer:


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