Troop Zero

Director: Bert&Bertie
Screenwriters: Lucy Alibar

Institute History

  • 2019 Sundance Film Festival


Nine-year-old oddball Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace) is obsessed with space and making contact with the aliens of the universe. When she finds out the prize at the 1977 Birdie Jamboree is getting her voice on NASA's Golden Record, Christmas forms her own misfit Birdie troop. Nothing can prepare them for the painfully perfect world of the legit Birdies. But, led by their reluctant yet fearless troop mama (Viola Davis) and Christmas’s dad (Jim Gaffigan), they find glory in the most unexpected circumstances—much to the despair of the ever-judgmental school principal, Miss Massey (Allison Janney).

Directors Bert&Bertie and screenwriter Lucy Alibar take the audience on a journey of surprise, human connection, and acceptance in a world that tells young girls how and who to be. Alongside Christmas and her band of outsiders, every character offers a clever twist on their own archetype, pushing the boundaries of what we as viewers have come to expect. In the end, through ridiculous mishaps and unflinching honesty, we realize that what everyone needs is to find their place—and their people—in the universe.

— O.M.

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