About Us

Why high school comedies? Simple. Because it is one of the only shared experiences that we all go through. It’s where every challenge feels like life and death, where every victory is your greatest accomplishment. It’s a world of firsts. It’s where you first snuck out of your house and got in real trouble. Where you first learned how to drive and crashed into a lake. It’s your first kiss. The first time you touched a boob or someone touched yours. Where you discover who your friends are, the music you love, the movies you love, what your style is, who you  are.

JAN 2014

The Story Begins

We hatched the idea to make the next
generation of iconic high-school films.

OCT 2014

The Screenplays

We hand-picked our slate of the industry’s
best unproduced high-school screenplays.

SEP 2015

The Company

We formed the first version of American High,
originally called Classy Films.

SEP 2016

Name Change

Classy Films changed names to American High
and began seeking out a high school to acquire.

NOV 2016

The School

We arrived in Syracuse, NY to tour the A.V. Zogg Middle School. There we met community leader and local legend Paul Stacey. We made an offer on the spot,
he was Building Manager the next day.

MAY 2017

Partnership

American High partnered with LD Entertainment
for an initial $50,000,000 slate deal.

AUG 2017

High School Acquired

We closed on the high school acquisition and made it American High’s home base. That’s 100,000 square feet of interchangeable high school sets, office space, and sound stages. We’ve got everything under one roof from a hospital wing, classrooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, auditoriums, and parking for our fleet of trucks and gear. You name it, we’ve got it.

SEP 2017

Holly Slept Over

Production commenced on our first film shot in Syracuse —
Holly Slept Over, starring Nathalie Emmanuel and Ron Livingston.

NOV 2017

Banana Split

Principal photography began on Banana Split, starring Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, and Dylan Sprouse. The film made its worldwide premiere at the LA Film Festival on September 22, 2018 before going on to win best feature film at three separate festivals. The film was purchased by Netflix and released on their platform on August 27th, 2019.

MAR 2018

Syracuse Studios

Syracuse Studios was born — When not in production on an American High film, we offer production services to third-party films under the Syracuse Studios banner. We have serviced numerous non-American-High productions so far, including The Night House (Sundance 2020), Mabel, Paper Spiders, On the Count of Three (Sundance 2021), and more.

APR 2018

The Academy At Syracuse Studios

We founded The Film Academy at Syracuse Studios — A non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable ecosystem of skilled film crew in Central New York by giving them hands-on experience in production.

APR 2018

Looks That Kill

Looks That Kill, starring Brandon Flynn and Julia Goldani Telles, wrapped production. It was later acquired by Gravitas Ventures and made available to rent on VOD platforms such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and iTunes.

JUL 2018

Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence, starring Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck,
and Jon Cryer, began principal photography.

OCT 2018

Sid Is Dead

Sid is Dead starring Joey Bragg, Tyler Alvarez, and Mary Stuart Masterson,
began production. The film is currently in post-production.

JAN 2019

Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize. Shortly after, Hulu acquired distribution rights to the film, which premiered on its streaming service on March 13th, 2020.

APR 2019

The Night House

Principal photography began on Syracuse Studios’ first full-service
production, The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall.

MAY 2019

HULU Deal

After the great success of Big Time Adolescence,
we signed an 8-picture, first-look deal with HULU.

SEP 2019

The Binge

Production began on Hulu’s first-ever original film, The Binge, starring Vince Vaughn and directed by American High’s very own Jeremy Garelick. The Binge was the #1 film in the US for five weeks.

NOV 2019

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

Principal photography began on The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, our second film for Hulu. TUPON won the Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing.

NOV 2019

School Bus

We bought a school bus to complete our authentic recreation of the modern high-school experience. And to take it for joyrides after work.

MAR 2020

American High Records

We launched American High Records LLC — a record label founded to create and compose our own music for our films.

MAR 2020

Plan B

We began pre-production on our next feature, Plan B, starring Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles and directed by Natalie Morales. BUT...

MAR 2020

COVID-19

COVID-19 shut us down on the LAST DAY of pre-production before beginning principal photography, along with the rest of the film industry.

APR 2020

Face Masks

We acted quickly and shifted gears, utilizing our expansive soundstages and eager crew to help produce over 25,000 high-quality face masks and face shields for medical centers in Central New York and beyond.

JUL 2020

Pandemic Era

One of Disney/Hulu's first shoots of the pandemic era began, as The Ultimate Playlist of Noise successfully underwent two days of reshoots with COVID protocols in place.

JUL 2020

On the Count of Three

Syracuse Studios serviced Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut, On the Count of Three, starring Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smoove, and Henry Winkler. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, winning the festival’s Best Screenplay award. Soon after, On the Count of Three was acquired by Annapurna Pictures and is currently set to be released through Annapurna’s distribution pact with MGM’s Orion Pictures.

OCT 2020

Plan B Production Resumes

Once we developed air-tight COVID safety protocols, we safely resumed production of Plan B, our third film for Hulu which earned a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

MAR 2021

Sex Appeal

Kicking things off in 2021, we wrapped production on another comedy feature, Sex Appeal, starring Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, and Paris Jackson. The film was directed by Talia Osteen and is set to be released on Hulu later this year.

MAY 2021

I Love My Dad

Alongside Atlas Entertainment, American High co-produced I Love My Dad, starring Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski, Lil Rel Howery, and Rachel Dratch. The film was also written and directed by Morosini.

AUG 2021

Untitled Queer Teen Romance

Production began on Hulu’s Untitled Queer Teen Romance, starring Rowan Blanchard, Auli’i Cravalho, Tyler Alvarez, and Megan Mullally. The film was directed by Sammi Cohen and is set to be released on Hulu in the near future

JAN 2014

The Story Begins

We hatched the idea to make the next generation of iconic high-school films.

OCT 2014

The Screenplays

We hand-picked our slate of the industry’s best unproduced high-school screenplays.

SEP 2015

The Company

We formed the first version of American High, originally called Classy Films.

SEP 2016

Name Change

Classy Films changed names to American High and began seeking out a high school to acquire.

NOV 2016

The School

We arrived in Syracuse, NY to tour the A.V. Zogg Middle School. There we met community leader and local legend Paul Stacey. We made an offer on the spot, he was Building Manager the next day.

MAY 2017

Partnership

American High partnered with LD Entertainment for an initial $50,000,000 slate deal.

AUG 2017

High School Acquired

We closed on the high school acquisition and made it American High’s home base. That’s 100,000 square feet of interchangeable high school sets, office space, and sound stages. We’ve got everything under one roof from a hospital wing, classrooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, auditoriums, and parking for our fleet of trucks and gear. You name it, we’ve got it.

SEP 2017

Holly Slept Over

Production commenced on our first film shot in Syracuse — Holly Slept Over, starring Nathalie Emmanuel and Ron Livingston.

NOV 2017

Banana Split

Principal photography began on Banana Split, starring Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, and Dylan Sprouse. The film made its worldwide premiere at the LA Film Festival on September 22, 2018 before going on to win best feature film at three separate festivals. The film was purchased by Netflix and released on their platform on August 27th, 2019.

MAR 2018

Syracuse Studios

Syracuse Studios was born — When not in production on an American High film, we offer production services to third-party films under the Syracuse Studios banner. We have serviced numerous non-American-High productions so far, including The Night House (Sundance 2020), Mabel, Paper Spiders, On the Count of Three (Sundance 2021), and more.

APR 2018

The Academy At Syracuse Studios

We founded The Film Academy at Syracuse Studios — A non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable ecosystem of skilled film crew in Central New York by giving them hands-on experience in production.

APR 2018

Looks That Kill

Looks That Kill, starring Brandon Flynn and Julia Goldani Telles, wrapped production. It was later acquired by Gravitas Ventures and made available to rent on VOD platforms such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and iTunes.

JUL 2018

Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence, starring Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck, and Jon Cryer, began principal photography.

OCT 2018

Sid Is Dead

Sid is Dead starring Joey Bragg, Tyler Alvarez, and Mary Stuart Masterson, began production. The film is currently in post-production.

JAN 2019

Big Time Adolescence

Big Time Adolescence had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury prize. Shortly after, Hulu acquired distribution rights to the film, which premiered on its streaming service on March 13th, 2020.

APR 2019

The Night House

Principal photography began on Syracuse Studios’ first full-service production, The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall.

MAY 2019

HULU Deal

After the great success of Big Time Adolescence, we signed an 8-picture, first-look deal with HULU.

SEP 2019

The Binge

Production began on Hulu’s first-ever original film, The Binge, starring Vince Vaughn and directed by American High’s very own Jeremy Garelick. The Binge was the #1 film in the US for five weeks.

NOV 2019

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

Principal photography began on The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, our second film for Hulu. TUPON won the Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing.

NOV 2019

School Bus

We bought a school bus to complete our authentic recreation of the modern high-school experience. And to take it for joyrides after work.

MAR 2020

American High Records

We launched American High Records LLC — a record label founded to create and compose our own music for our films.

MAR 2020

Plan B

We began pre-production on our next feature, Plan B, starring Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles and directed by Natalie Morales. BUT...

MAR 2020

COVID-19

COVID-19 shut us down on the LAST DAY of pre-production before beginning principal photography, along with the rest of the film industry.

APR 2020

Face Masks

We acted quickly and shifted gears, utilizing our expansive soundstages and eager crew to help produce over 25,000 high-quality face masks and face shields for medical centers in Central New York and beyond.

JUL 2020

Pandemic Era

One of Disney/Hulu's first shoots of the pandemic era began, as The Ultimate Playlist of Noise successfully underwent two days of reshoots with COVID protocols in place.

JUL 2020

On the Count of Three

Syracuse Studios serviced Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut, On the Count of Three, starring Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, JB Smoove, and Henry Winkler. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, winning the festival’s Best Screenplay award. Soon after, On the Count of Three was acquired by Annapurna Pictures and is currently set to be released through Annapurna’s distribution pact with MGM’s Orion Pictures.

OCT 2020

Plan B Production Resumes

Once we developed air-tight COVID safety protocols, we safely resumed production of Plan B, our third film for Hulu which earned a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

MAR 2021

Sex Appeal

Kicking things off in 2021, we wrapped production on another comedy feature, Sex Appeal, starring Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, and Paris Jackson. The film was directed by Talia Osteen and is set to be released on Hulu later this year.

MAY 2021

I Love My Dad

Alongside Atlas Entertainment, American High co-produced I Love My Dad, starring Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski, Lil Rel Howery, and Rachel Dratch. The film was also written and directed by Morosini.

AUG 2021

Untitled Queer Teen Romance

Production began on Hulu’s Untitled Queer Teen Romance, starring Rowan Blanchard, Auli’i Cravalho, Tyler Alvarez, and Megan Mullally. The film was directed by Sammi Cohen and is set to be released on Hulu in the near future

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