At the Formal

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It’s a classic coming-of-age story: the girls are in dresses, the boys are in suits, and everyone is losing their minds. This short film—almost entirely made up of one continuous shot—takes us through a common adolescent social ritual, with one shocking difference.

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Rites of Passage Mixtape

In this month’s Mixtape, five shorts take on moments of transition and tradition, with very different results: a high school ritual turns ritualistic, a family prepares for the worst, and real people