These stories are all based on the lives of real girls whom we have met and spent time with. The stories all contain elements of truth and elements of imagination – both the girls’ imagination and the writers’. But we wanted to look at every aspect of truth, not just a literal, factual truth. We put just as much emphasis on emotional truth, or what the writer Tim O'Brien calls story truth. This is a fairly new concept in film, but one that literature recognized decades ago. Writers like O'Brien, Dave Eggers, Joan Didion and Norman Mailer have all explored this kind of creative non-fiction. As we say in the film, “These are true stories, if sometimes re-imagined to capture what these girls and these writers want you to see.”