We’re covering the cultural zeitgeist that is The Hunger Games with a surplus of cast and crew interviews, reviews and perhaps an editorial or two over the next couple of weeks. And given that this is a film that’s been vocally championed by teenage girls all throughout the land (among others, I’m currently reading the book and enjoying it), this footage I shot of the cast’s visit to the Mall of America feels like as good a place to start as any.

Fair warning: the questions being asked by a radio deejay were written in by young girls. So if you’re curious about the film’s cinematography, acting choices or the subtle nuances of a filmic adaptation – yeah, this ain’t that. But as an analysis of what kinds of information our societal youth deems to be of importance? Well, let’s just say I find the below footage absolutely fascinating. And kind of concerning. Enjoy!

The view in the video is blocked at first but clears up in time. From left to right: Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Isabelle Fuhrman* (Clove), Alexander Ludwig (Cato)


*Interviewing the murderous dwarf from Orphan has been a highlight of my career and indeed, my life. Yes, she’s a sweet, normal 14-year old girl. But her previous work was very much on my mind when we sat down.