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An Exploration of Paperboys and Their Place in American Culture

From the Filmmaker

"People often ask 'are there still paperboys?' To me, this is the underlying theme of the film: how traditions stay alive and how they mutate. I wanted to see if these kids were aware that they are part of a long tradition. Were they aware of how they were also changing that tradition? While doing the film I was excited to see how the almost Norman Rockwell image of the paperboy blended in with the contemporary Eminem influenced teenage boy. This hybrid of contemporary television/rap oriented teen and American icon of "good old days" is so full of contradictions that happily live together. We tried to look at these questions and answers through the small details of each kid's life. We tried to see the bigger cultural picture through the smaller, personal culture of each kid: where they live, what music they listen to, how they dress, what they value, what their rooms and houses look like, how they organize the world, what the think the past meant, and what they think the future will bring." -Mike Mills

About the Filmmaker

Mike Mills is a filmmaker and graphic designer known for his collaborative groundbreaking design for bands like Beck, Beastie Boys, and Sonic Youth. He is also a renowned music video director for groups such as Moby, Everything But the Girl and Air. His commercial work includes national and international campaigns for Levis, Gap, Volkswagen, MasterCard and Nike.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 24 2003
  • Production Year 2000
  • Empire SKU 551091
  • UPC Code 031398108542
  • Studio  Palm Studio
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color


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