Screening time  
04.04. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3 Ticket
05.04. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
07.04. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 1 Ticket

Cusp chronicles one formative year of teenage life for three friends in a Texas town where there’s little to do but party—and where liquor, drugs, and guns are standard recreational accessories. Followed through lazy hangouts, fast-food outings, and bonfire parties, girls allow directors to observe intimate moments within their homes and social circles. The film’s raw vérité approach creates a sensitive, multifaceted portrait of adolescent girlhood. As they open up about their pasts and explore their definitions of freedom and consent, Cusp illustrates how they rebel against or assimilate to societal expectations and toxic masculinity as a survival tactic.


Parker Hill

Parker Hill is an NYC based writer and director who has a proclivity for wordplay. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and now works across narrative and documentary stories. Parker’s debut feature documentary, Cusp, co-directed with Isabel Bethencourt, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker. Cusp was released by Showtime in 2021, and garnered nominations from the IDA Awards and Cinema Eye Honors for Best Cinematography. Hill was named as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Big Thing: 10 Documentary Filmmakers Speaking Truth to Power”.


Isabel Bethencourt

Isabel Bethencourt is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker based in New York. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and started photography at a young age. At New York University's Gallatin School, she studied cultural anthropology, documentary film, and cinematography. Besides Cusp, she directed Moving Home, Pacific Trade and 00:00.

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2021, 83'

Directed by:
Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt

Edited by:
Parker Hill

T. Griffin

Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Isabel Bethencourt

Produced by:
Kislevitz Films

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance FF: Emerging Filmmaker Special Jury Award (2021)
Champs d'elysee FF (2021)
Camden IFF (2021)
Austin FF (2021)
San Francisco IFF (2021)
DOC NYC (2021)
IDFA (2021)


Colin Sargent