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Kati With an I

At once universal and personal, this intimate documentary portrait of an Alabama teenage girl on the verge of her high school graduation captures three tumultuous days during which her future is cast into doubt.

Eighteen-year-old Kati Genthner is followed, moment-by-moment, from her last day of school, as she takes leave of her friends, and prepares to move away with her parents. The center of Kati's life is her love affair with her boyfriend, 21-year-old James, whom she must convince him to come with her and leave everything he knows.

Beautifully photographed by Sean Price Williams, KATI WITH AN I brings the singular experience of one American teen to life. Literally a lifetime in the making-the director Robert Greene, Kati's step-brother, has been documenting her since childhood-KATI WITH AN I is the moving story about one girl growing up.

'CRITIC'S PICK! Effortlessly captures the shape of a life poised between two stages and the trembling need to cling to the past while reaching for the future. With a poignancy that's remarkable for its complete lack of contrivance [it] achieves an un-self-conscious transcendence that can't be scripted.' -Jeanette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

'CRITIC'S PICK! Beguiling, intimate, and poetic.' -NEW YORK MAGAZINE

'There's a strange and probably impossible purity to Kati with an I. Impossible because it's a contemporary story about young love that doesn't display or refer to any text messages or emails or Facebook, because it makes a Red Jumpsuit Apparatus song sort of make you want to cry, and because its central tension feels so profoundly earnest.' -Christopher Gray, SLANT MAGAZINE

'A moving portrait of an Alabama teenager during the 72 hours before her high-school graduation [that offers] bittersweet glimpses of a young life in transition. Cinematographer Sean Price Williams's work here is downright lyrical, and the film's subject, Kati Gethner, is a candid prism of emotion.' -Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


Main credits

Greene, Robert (Director)
Tirola, Douglas (Producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Sean Price Williams; editor, Robert Greene; Music supervisor, Stuart Wolferman; original music, Marc Alan Goodman, Leslie Stein, Stuart Wolferman.

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Distributor subjects

American Studies
US and Canadian Broadcast Rights
Women's Studies


High school; teenager; high school senior; high school graduation; graduation; high school sweethearts; pregnancy; Alabama; family documentary; step-sister; step-brother; Robert Greene; Kati Genthner; Sean Price Williams; beautiful cinematography; Red Jumpsuit Apparatus; growing up; "Kati With an I"; Icarus Films,doc,bio

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