Produced by Katie Donovan, Ian MacLaughlin, Justin Goodall, Amy Gillespi
Sound: Katie Donovan, Ian MacLaughlin, Justin Goodall, Amy Gillespi
Editing: Katie Donovan, Ian MacLaughlin, Justin Goodall, Amy Gillespi
Copyright: 2004, Tom Mould
22 minutes, Color
Original format: MiniDV, 2004
The youth in America have often found themselves with free time but few options to enjoy it. This is particularly true in small towns. Changing social norms as well as laws about private property and loitering have made it even more difficult for young people to "hang out." This problem is acutely evident among the youth in Burlington, North Carolina. For many local teenagers, parking lots have provided a place to gather, socialize, and compete. This video explores the parking lot culture of Burlington youth, particularly in how youth construct distinct identities in relation to each other, other youth groups, and the adults they encounter. The major "vehicle" for establishing these identities are specific types of cars - the mustang club, the truckers, and the fast, "souped-up" cars - exposing a culture dominated by competitive males.