Interviewing the Director of 'Short Term 12'

Destin Daniel Cretton speaks up after his huge SXSW

Destin Daniel Cretton
Destin Daniel Cretton

With 130-odd features and nine full days of programming, the South by Southwest Film Festival this year was undoubtedly full of success stories.

Even in the days since the Festival wrapped, we've already heard news about distribution deals for two features, Milo and Drinking Buddies.

But undoubtedly one of the people with the most to celebrate from this year's SXSW was Destin Daniel Cretton, whose Short Term 12 – the story of a supervisor at a group home for teenagers starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. – took both the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award for the same category.

The San Francisco Film Society (which supported the film with a $79,000 postproduction grant) caught up with Cretton recently to talk about his childhood in Hawaii, the collaborative process behind the film, and much more.

An Interview with Destin Daniel Cretton from San Francisco Film Society on Vimeo.

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