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Fiction Film (2000)
35mm • 25 Minutes • Color

Lays bare the growing pains of a
12 year old girl
-New York Times

There is an electric moment for girls as they leave behind the bold egoism of girlhood for the shaky dislocations of adolescence. Cusp is a fiction film created with a group of 11-12 year old girls hitting the wall of early adolescence.


Please also see Bruce, Belle.

Cusp premiered at New Directors/New Films (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) and broadcast on IFC.

Additional screenings include Clermont-Ferrand (European Premiere) Women Make Waves (Asian Premiere), the UN (for the Special Session on Children), Boston Museum of Fine Art, Anthology Film Archives, Independent Feature Project (Buzz Cuts), Black Maria Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Women in the Directors Chair, Newport Film Festival, Bumbershoot/One Reel Festival, CinéWomen, AIR Gallery, Shorts International Film Festival, Harlem Film Festival, Lower East Side Girls’ Film Festival, Lake Placid Film Forum, Cork International Film Festival (Ireland), Dingle Film Festival (Ireland), Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Stony Brook Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival.

Writer/Director Ruth Sergel Producers Pamela Griffiths, Claudia Sidoti Director of Photography David Griffiths Editor Lora Zaretsky Music Michael Montes Costume Design Suzanne Kelly Production Design Paul Weathered Line Producer Susan Forrest Title Design Steve Tozzi

Alice Sophie Mascatello Mother Marlene Forte Eliza Hannah Goldwater Lila Gina Maria Paoli Becca Audrey Gelman PJ Dylan Weathered Sam Jerry Hildebrandt Lainey Ashley Brichter Candy Store Clerk George Valencia Candy Store Girl Giselle Forte Ring Vendor Alex Furth Happy Family Kate, Seth & Lola Buncher Screaming Couple Elizabeth Canavan, Jared Shaw Eliza’s Mother Claudia Sidoti Sam’s New Girlfriend Aimee Gallin Teacher Beverly Crick Kung Fu Boy Brian Dolphin, Nicholas Forrest-Reynolds School Kids Elizabeth Aguilar, Eliot Aronson, Chris DeLoach, John DeLoach, Anna Gribetz, Kate Gribetz, Antonella Lentini, Francesca Lentini, Zach McDonald, Arianne Moore, Matt Moore, Claudia Maria Perez, Lucia Reynolds, Aliza Stone, Nick Turner