As adults, the biggest stressors might be a mortgage, a marriage or a demanding job.
In middle school, a zit can ruin your day. Maybe even a full week.
Filmmaker Alyssa Price shows the power of the pimple in her short film "The Monstrosity," showing May 4 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Her husband, Jesse Singer, lends a hand as executive producer.
The UC Irvine alumna was excited to come back to Orange County for the screening of her coming-of-age tale.
Inspired by Mary Karr's memoir "Cherry," which involves an embarrassing zit scene, the book caused Price to recollect her own experience while on a high school trip.
"I was on a bus and a cute boy said to me 'Alyssa, close your eyes'," Price said. "He pointed at my zit and yelled 'Cyclops!'"
Her short came to life shortly thereafter.
Price shot the film in August of last year over the course of five days in her hometown of Los Olivos, a small town near Santa Barbara, recruiting a group of kids from middle school classrooms.