A portrait of Highlights magazine, following the creation of the cultural phenomenon’s 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for “the world’s most important people,”…children. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned. Family owned since its inception in 1946 and never containing a single advertisement, Highlights stands alone in the magazine publishing world. From the baby boom generation to the tech savvy kids of today, Highlights has been a staple in American society, with over a billion issues delivered to children around the world.

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about filmmakers

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Producer & Director TONY SHAFF’s debut documentary feature HOTLINE (2014) explored the intense anonymous connections made between strangers over the telephone. HOTLINE premiered at HotDocs, played many other prestigious festivals including DOC NYC, and won First Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival; it is currently available on Netflix and VOD. Shaff was the supervising producer of the groundbreaking MTV docu-series TEEN MOM 2 and has produced various cable shows and branded content. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he received a Student Academy Award nomination for his short film GET OUTTA HERE! He has fond memories of reading Highlights in the waiting room of his pediatrician, Dr. Riggs, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Rebecca Green and Laura D. Smith produced the indie horror sensation IT FOLLOWS, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and went on to screen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Released by Radius-TWC, IT FOLLOWS grossed $15 million at the U.S. box office and received 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Green and Smith also produced I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleecker Street. The film grossed $7.5 million at the U.S. box office and was nominated for a 2015 Gotham Award for Best Actress. The duo was named on Variety’s 2015 “10 Producers to Watch" list and nominated for the Piaget Producer's Award at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Rebecca Green Highlights 44 Pages
Laura Smith 44 Pages Highlights Documentary