The Sundance Acura Lounge is a far cry from the globetrotting press tour Amandla Stenberg was sent on for The Hunger Games, but then again, the 17-year-old activist and artist is hardly the girl we met as young Rue. Stenberg was at Sundance for her newest project, the grungy indie film As You Are, which she stars in alongside Owen Campbell and Charlie Heaton. Together, the three best friends bond over their collective outsider status, and wherever there's suburban ennui and angst, there's bound to be some drama. As You Are centers on a crime in the woods and an ensuing investigation, but it also touches on issues of sexuality, domestic abuse, and other hot-button teen topics. Stenberg and Campbell met with Nylon to discuss their collaborative indie movie effort, as well as Internet feminism and film school.
So, tell me about your movie.
Amandla Stenberg: The movie really explores themes of alienation, especially in suburban environments, and how teenagers kind of find their identities through their friends, and they explore themselves, their sexualities, their interests, and their passions through their friends by spending time with them and going on adventures. So, there's a lot of adventure-having in it, and then of course it does turn a bit darker because of this oppressive environment that it takes place in. The movie explores a lot of themes around sexuality, love and friendship...
Owen Campbell: As well, I think, abuse and violence.