“The Bubble” is a phrase local teens often use to describe growing up in Agoura Hills. The term refers to the area’s cocoon-like environment that ensures parents a safe place to raise their kids. Of course, kids can have a different take on their upbringing. Using their talents and sense of humor, a few local teens went so far as to make videos that spoof their hometown’s protective vibe.
Olivia DeLaurentis, 17, created “Agouraphobia,” a 2 minute and 45 second “comedy trailer” about life in Agoura Hills—and its residents’ fears of life outside the city limits—which has received over 15,000 views since it was posted on YouTube last year.
“I’ve never been interested in making anything that would go viral, so I’m so surprised that it’s still being seen,” said DeLaurentis, an Agoura High School student who made the short as an assignment for her Film & Video ROP class.
DeLaurentis, an actress whose had voice roles in Happy Feet and Ice Age: The Meltdown as well as numerous roles in commercials and on the TV show Saving Grace, has been making movies since the age of 5. One of her comedic short films, Humanized, was featured in this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. “I always make comedies,” she said. “I like to find [themes] that are relatable.”
Which is why she decided to make a film that pokes fun at the eccentricities of upscale, small town life.”There are things I find irritating, and there’s often a small-mindedness about suburbia that’s easy to make fun of,” DeLaurentis said. “It’s a very sheltered existence.”
However, she said she does love her hometown. “I especially love my high school,” she said. “There are very open-minded people and it’s really cool. Agoura High School is awesome and accepts everyone.”
Along a similar theme, Agoura High graduates Phillip Braun and Ryan Rosenheim just posted their video spoof “Agoura Hills (A Whole New World),” which they made last year as seniors as an intro to the pep rally they both hosted.
Braun, a freshman at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, rewrote the lyrics to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” to describe life in suburbia. “Too many elements compose the ‘bubble’ complex,” said Braun. “There’s truly no way to explain suburbia and how bittersweet it is. It kind of has to be experienced.”
So far the video has received over 1,700 views.
What do you think? Is Agoura Hills truly a “bubble?” Post your thoughts in the comments.