The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
In the online-streaming world, Austyn is adored by thousands of young girls, all eager for his “likes,” his attention, or just to hear him say their name. For Austyn and many like him, a big enough fan base could mean a ticket out of rural America and into a new life of wealth and fame – quite the undertaking when you’re coming of age. The film brings audiences into Austyn’s world as he is discovered by a manager and sets off on a U.S. tour to build his following and make his dreams come true.
Liza Mandelup is a film director from NY. She has been a longtime collaborator for many online platforms such as Vogue, Nowness, i-D, and Dazed. She received the prestigious Sundance Documentary Fund grant for Jawline and won the Sundance Film Fest’s “U.S. Doc Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker”.