Ben is the typical Brooklyn hipster with his band, job and girlfriend. But is that all there is? Without any real reason or big drama, he goes off in a completely different direction. Ben switches from protagonist into passer-by, about whom his vague acquaintances only occasionally think. A striking portrait of this individualistic generation.
In Valedictorian, Matthew Yeager portrays the emptiness of Generation Y, the hipsters who were born in the post-ideological era. Their lives are filled with superficiality and flimsy emotions.
For his feature debut, Yeager was inspired by an old acquaintance who, just like Ben, burned all his bridges behind him. He doesn’t romanticise Ben’s slow disappearing trick, but nor does he present it as a nightmare - although Ben, worryingly enough, is soon no more than a vague memory for many of his friends.