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First Time FEST returns to celebrate first time filmmakers and give their films a much needed exposure. Created by Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward, the festival includes panels, tributes to celebrated filmmakers and conversations with filmmakers who have created lasting works.

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In Competition:

1982 USA. Director, Tommy Oliver. Set in Philadelphia at the onset of the crack epidemic, 1982 follows a father’s efforts to protect his 10-year-old daughter from her drug-addled mother, while trying to steer her towards recovery. A grant recipient from the San Francisco Film Society and winner of the US in Progress award, 1982 premiered to great acclaim at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. 
Bittersweet USA/Netherlands. Director, Marieke Niestadt. A thrilling, intimate, and unpredictable sports documentary follows Australian kickboxer and WIBA World Champion Diana Prazik’s seemingly impossible quest to defeat Frida Wallberg of Sweden. 
Butter on the Latch USA. Director, Josephine Decker. At a Balkan music camp, one woman’s respite devolves into a thrilling, psychosexual drama as her friendship and sanity are tested to extremes. Butter on the Latch had its international premiere at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, alongside Decker’s second film, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely. 
Class Enemy Slovenia. Director, Rok Bicek. A group of students rallies against their new German professor when one of their classmates commits suicide. The film premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, and was Slovenia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. 
Fall to Rise USA. Director, Jayce Bartok. In this multi-layered and absorbing New York drama, a famous principal dancer (Daphne Rubin-Vega) struggles to uphold her identity when a knee injury relegates her to motherhood. 
Farewell, Herr Schwarz Germany/Israel. Director, Yael Reuveny. A brother and sister survive the concentration camps but are separated in 1945. She migrated to the Middle East; he returned to Germany, where he became a Communist and lived near the camp where he was imprisoned. Their grandchildren are haunted by family secrets; the two families, in Germany and Israel – not knowing each other for years – are strangely mirrored. Yael Reuveny’s epic documentary is a journey spanning three generations, two countries and one fateful decision.
Getting to the Nutcracker USA. Director, Serene Meshel-Dillman. This behind-the-scenes look at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet’s herculean efforts to stage The Nutcracker is an absorbing, intimate documentary that looks at the sacrifices and passion of its children dancers, ages three to eighteen. 
Love Steaks Germany. Director, Jakob Lass. She is an alcoholic chef, he, a sensitive masseur. Together they forge an unlikely relationship in this energetic and darkly comic romance set at a sea-side resort, which won the Lions Film Award at the 2014 Rotterdam Film Festival. 
Miss Julie Sweden. Director, Mikael Berg. A beautiful and bold new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic battle of the sexes play set on a Midsummer’s night in a rustic mansion in 1920s Europe.
The Sleepwalker USA/Norway. Director, Mona Fastvold. A young couple’s renovation plans are thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her estranged sister in this thriller starring co-screenwriter Brady Corbett, Christopher Abbott and Gitte Witt, which premiered in Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
There will also be two out-of-competition Special Screenings:
See You Next Tuesday USA. Director, Drew Tobia. A pregnant and abrasive grocery store clerk draws her troubled family close as she spirals toward her due date in this moving, dark comedy that recalls the films of John Waters and Todd Solondz.
Nothing Left To Fear USA, Director, Anthony Leonard III.  Producer/Composer, Slash. In this thrilling horror film, a family’s journey toward a better life is interrupted by an unstable man of the cloth.
April 4 2:00 pm


Is this a “golden age” of documentary film? What does it mean to be a documentarian in 2014? How has the form evolved? What is the public appetite for these films? Join our panel of extraordinary doc filmmakers in this freewheeling discussion about the art, craft and business of documentary film.


April 4 4:30 pm


Everyone needs an agent. Join some of New York’s most influential agents and mangers as they offer the inside scoop on what will make them want to sign you.


April 5 11:00 am


What more important question is there for aspiring filmmakers to answer than: How do I fund my film?!  Hear experts – from established financiers to DIY and crowdfunding leaders – illuminate the way.


April 5 2:30 pm


Independent film — made without the deep-pocketed support of major studios – relies on the ingenuity and resourcefulness of talented producers. Hear some of the finest producers working in indie cinema today discuss their projects, raising money in a troubled economy – and getting theirs film made no matter what.


April 6 12:00 pm


How is new cinema discovered? A lively and opinionated conversation between print and online critics about the make-or-break role reviews (and their writers) play in the success of independent cinema.


April 6 3:00 pm


So you’ve done it — you’ve made a feature film. Now the hard part… how do you sell it? Distributors, publicists, and sales agents discuss what you should and should not as you try to build an audience – in theaters, TV and the web — in today’s rapidly changing media and exhibition universe.


April 6 3:00 pm

FROM ROCK TO SCORE featuring Slash and Duncan Sheik

What does it take to make leap from pop/rock success to the world of film scoring? Prominent musicians talk about the different challenges of scoring film, Broadway musicals, TV shows, commercials and video games.


April 7 4:30 pm


Join us for this exciting roundtable discussion with our competition filmmakers as they discuss their personal, artistic and filmmaking journeys on the way to First Time Fest!


First films are special. They tend to be passion projects; their budgets may be limited, but the energy and resourcefulness of the filmmakers can be felt in every frame. And often, the themes, preoccupations, and personality of the filmmaker we’ve come to know are evident in their debut films. First Exposure is a selection of great first films by prominent directors and cinematographers, followed by in-depth and intimate conversations. These are movies that seemingly came out of nowhere – but have stood the test of time.


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