“Skylar & Jason” Explores How Social Media Impacts Teen Relationships
A group of Harlem high schoolers premiered their short film about the trials of being a teen at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Budding filmmaker Bernard Greene wrote and directed “Skylar & Jason,” his first film, about how social media can negatively affect young love. Skylar and Jason are classmates who are going out, but Skylar’s reluctance to go all the way makes Jason take drastic action on social media.
“We wake up, eat and sleep social media,” Bernard, 17, a student at Harlem Renaissance High School, told BOSSIP. “So, it showed the cause and effect, how it can cause a relationship to break up.”
The film is part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s program, Tribeca Teaches, which pairs New York City high school students with teacher artists who show them the ropes of filmmaking. The movie premiered last week at a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“It’s an honor, I appreciated that,” Bernard said of debuting his first film at the popular festival. “I thank my teacher for giving me the opportunity.”
Bernard said “Skylar & Jason” is a cautionary tale of sorts, and he wants his young viewers to stop rushing into adulthood.
“Be a kid,” he said. “Stop rushing to be grown. It’s showing what can happen if you rush your growth and rush your age.”