Director Nanette Burstein originally reviewed more than different schools in the pre-production process, and ten schools replied, agreeing to participate. After she interviewed incoming seniors at all 10, she chose Warsaw. This documentary circles on the lives of five typical senior high students in a small town in Indiana--a heartthrob, an artist, a jock, a geek, and a popular girl. Filmed every day for 10 months, this documentary captures their inner workings and uncovers their insecurities, heartbreaks, struggles, cliques they belong to and deal with their weaknesses, and their fears about life beyond senior high. Some film critics have accused the director, Nanette Burstein, of giving the documentary a sensationalized feel,  and others have gone so far as to claim that the film feels scripted and the very presence of the cameras take the reality out of the situation. One continual issue with the movie, was that Tusing was continually forced to "get a girlfriend" in order not to be removed from the film.
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A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques. Sign In. Play trailer Director Nanette Burstein. Nanette Burstein. Top credits Director Nanette Burstein.
There is the blond popular girl, Megan Krizmanich, and her blond sidekick, Ali Wikalinska, young women who wield inordinate power over the social fates of their peers. There is Colin Clemens, the basketball star hoping to land a college scholarship and facing pressure at home from his ex-athlete dad. There is Hannah Bailey, the artsy misfit girl who dreams of becoming a filmmaker and who enters into a transgressive romance with a dimple-chinned athlete named Mitch Reinholt.
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