Founded in 2017 by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Hangover, The Break-Up), American High is a full service production company that specializes in teen comedies.
Our mission: do for this generation what John Hughes did for the audiences of the 1980’s. Embrace the R-rated reality of high school and tell stories from eclectic characters from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the most formative (and often most hilarious) years of their lives.
Why high school? 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. It’s an exhilarating amalgamation of first life experiences, and hardly any of them are PG-13.
With our mission statement in mind, and having spent years collecting the best scripts in our market space, our next step was to begin production. Bold decisions being our foray, we purchased a high school in Syracuse, New York (where there is a 40% tax rebate) and staked that as our home base. That’s 100,000 square feet of interchangeable high school sets. 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. You can find out more about our studio and our non-profit academy at www.syracusestudios.com. We use Syracuse Studios to supply us with locations, gear, and crew on all our films.
In 2017, filmmakers began flocking to Syracuse, NY to join us on our mission to spread laughter and make timeless high school comedies for all ages (but probably not people under 13 to be honest…). We completed five films in our first year of production, with one of our films, Big Time Adolescence, being one of the five most anticipated films of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Moving forward, we aim to produce 5 – 10 films per year in Syracuse, NY as well as finance and acquire a number of third party films where the opportunity aligns with our goals. If you have a script, skillset, or passion that compliments our mission, please feel free to get in contact with us here.
“nimium est frumentem”
— American High