Founded in 2017 by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Hangover, The Break-Up, The Binge), American High is a full service production company that specializes in heartfelt 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.
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. In our first year of production, we completed five films, with one of them—BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE, starring Griffin Gluck and Pete Davidson—premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and being acquired by Hulu.
Moving into 2019, our team signed a financing deal to produce more feature films at a pace of four per year. We swung for the fences and got a hole in one from halfcourt.
That summer we produced Hulu’s very first original film, THE BINGE, starring Vince Vaughn and directed by American High’s own Jeremy Garelick. Later that fall, we shot THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST OF NOISE, which began streaming on Hulu earlier this year and stars Keean Johnson and Madeline Brewer.
In March 2020, we began pre-production on our next feature, PLAN B, starring Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles and directed by Natalie Morales. On the last day of pre-production before beginning principal photography, COVID-19 shut us down along with the entire film industry. We quickly shifted gears, utilizing our soundstages and crew to help produce over 25,000 high-quality face masks and face shields for medical centers in Central New York and beyond. Once we had developed a covid safety plan, we resumed production of PLAN B in fall 2020 and are proud to announce it will be in theaters and streaming on Hulu May 28, 2021.
Kicking things off in 2021, we’ve wrapped production on another comedy feature, SEX APPEAL, starring Mika Abdalla, Jake Short, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, and Paris Jackson; are currently in production on our next feature (not yet announced!); and are aiming to produce three additional films this year 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. If you want to train with us and hone your skills, click here.
“nimium est frumentem”
— American High