Anthem of a Teenage Prophet


AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 7:30 PM
AMC Traders Point Theater 11 Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:30 PM
AMC Castleton Square Theater 11 Sat, Oct 20, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Runtime:99 min
Premiere Status:U.S. Premiere
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Robin Hays
Cast:Cameron Monaghan
Peyton List
Juliette Lewis
Grayson Gabriel
Alex MacNicoll
Producer(s):Tina Pehme
Kim Roberts
Screenwriter:Elisha Matic
Josh Close


U.S. Premiere Screening: 10/13

Based on the award-winning novel by Joanne Proulx, Anthem of a Teenage Prophet is a coming-of-age story with a twist that nails the timeless feeling of adolescence. Hormonal and funny, exhilarating and wise, Anthem intimately examines and amplifies the powerful mixtape of angst, hope, music, and noise that plays inside every teenager’s head. 

It’s 1997 in Stokum, Michigan, “a rank little pinprick of a town” on the shores of Lake Erie. On the surface LUKE HUNTER is a typical small-town teenager, smoking weed, skateboarding, listening to hip hop and secretly lusting after his best friend’s girl.  

But Luke is torn between his stoner friends, including his childhood best friend FANG, and his new best friend STAN, the popular guy who has everything Luke doesn’t... including FAITH, the hottest girl in town. 

Luke's two worlds collide one night when Stan gets high with Luke and his other friends. In a fog of weed and confusion, Luke has a disturbing premonition: that Stan will be hit by a car and killed. Everyone laughs it off... until the next morning, when Stan dies just as Luke predicted. Luke is dubbed "The Prophet of Death" by a local reporter and everyone in town suddenly looks at him like a freak.

Luke isolates himself, keeping everyone—his parents, Fang, and even Faith—at arm's length, and telling no one that the premonitions keep coming. 

As the media moves on to an exposé of gay men cruising in a local park, Luke and Faith grow closer, while Fang pulls further away, accusing Luke of moving in on his dead friend's girl. Luke angrily denies it, not understanding what’s really going on with Fang. But the truth is, Luke and Faith are falling in love. That is, until Faith accidentally calls him "Stan" at the school dance, confirming his worst fears—that she’s only with him to keep Stan’s memory alive. As Luke descends into a tailspin of self-doubt, he foresees yet another death... this time, it's Fang.  Desperate to intervene, Luke enlists Faith's help and drags Fang out to a massive stone cliff on the outskirts of town that for a young Fang represented the ultimate conquest. Faith nervously watches as Fang and Luke tentatively, then triumphantly scale the enormous rock face.  As they drive home, Fang reveals the secret that caused him to retreat: he is gay. In fact, he is one of the men caught cruising in the park and is about to be publicly outed. With his friendship with Luke restored, Fang is able to face his worst fear: that life will end when the story breaks. Luke realizes that his visions are not the curse he believed them to be, but a life-affirming gift, that allowed him to save Fang’s life. 

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