MIAAC Film Festival
In this unflinchingly honest film, writer and director Tracey Jackson asks the question: why are today’s privileged teens the most unhappy and dysfunctional demographic in America? While she and her fifteen-year-old daughter Taylor go through two years of the sometimes hilarious, often times hideous and many times harrowing stages of Taylor’s adolescence, Tracey searches for answers by taking Taylor to visit experts and gurus around the world. She even makes Taylor work in a slum school in Mumbai, India during her spring break. The film explores Taylor’s battle with an eating disorder while also attempting to unravel the complex relationship boomer parents have with their over-indulged teens. It’s a film about conflict, resolution, growing up and letting go, learning who you are, who you were, and who you can be no matter what your age. Ultimately it’s a film about the profound love between a mother and daughter who, while traveling the world, find their way back to each other in their own hearts and minds.
Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter who has written over fifteen feature films and fourteen television pilots, including The Guru, which was the first ever Hollywood/Bollywood crossover film, The Other End of the Line, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Her documentary Lucky Ducks, which Jackson wrote, directed, and produced, explores issues of parenting and adolescence, following Jackson and her teenage daughter from Park Avenue to Mumbai as they attempt to unravel the complex relationship boomer parents have with their over-indulged teens. Since the film’s release, nominated for Best Documentary at the MIAAC Film Festival in 2009, Tracey has been a featured guest on many parenting shows and websites, including MomLogic.com, Mary Talks Money with Mary Caraccioli, and ABC News with Annie Pleshette Murphy.
Tracey is an avid blogger, whose blog Tracey Talks can be read on her website, traceyjacksononline.com. She also contributes to The Huffington Post, The Partnership for a Drug Free America’s Decoder blog, and TinyBuddha.com.
Her first book, Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, takes a comedic look at aging and was published by Harper Collins in February of 2011.