by Sheila Maria Lobo
July 11th, 2011

David Robert Mitchell’s first feature, The Myth of the American Sleepover is a tender coming-of -age story that has been receiving quite a bit of attention. After making its debut at SXSW, where it was awarded a special jury prize for Best Ensemble Cast, the film continued on to Cannes Critics Week. Now, Sundance Selects brings the film to NYC for an exciting screening on July 17th, at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan.

The film follows four young teens on the last weekend of summer as they seek out love and adventure. However, The Myth of the American Sleepover is not an average, Hollywood teen drama. Mitchell is not afraid to take chances, which gives his work the delicious air of authenticity. The kids are all first-time actors, and the feel of the film is less contemporary and more uniquely, as Stephen Garrett of Esquire comments: “John Hughes with a subscription to Cahiers du Cinema.” This sensitive and intimate portrait of youth is truly something you don’t want to miss.

There will be cocktail service of food and beverage at 7pm,  the film will screen at 8pm and Mitchell will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. Plus, (and this is not a myth, folks!) the evening will end with a series of sleepover games including Truth or Dare, Spin the Bottle, and pillow fights. RSVP to


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