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.

ALL SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE AT THE ROXY HOTEL, 2 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NYC, 10013

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FTF YEAR 4 OPENING NIGHT FILM FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016 - 7:00 PM    *Please note, we are fully booked for this event. Screening will start promptly at 7pm. Any latecomers will not be admitted into the screening. Doors open at 6PM. FIRST EXPOSURE: ETHAN HAWKE PRESENTS ‘CHELSEA WALLS’ Ethan Hawke’s directorial debut pays loving homage to the beatnik spirit of the Chelsea Hotel, home to countless writers, artists, and wayward bohemians. Kaleidoscopic and rambling in style, it as at once laid-back and artistically ambitious, as it follows more than thirty characters while achieving a poetic and lyrical style.   Q&A to follow with Ethan Hawke. 2001, 109 mins. Directed by Ethan Hawke. Written by Nicole Burdette. Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Christine Vachon, Gary Winick. With: Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Natasha Richardson. 9:30 PM - After Party to follow at the Roxy Bar Presented By First Time Fest and Scad's Office Of Career And Alumni Success Specialty Cocktails by:  SAILOR JERRY Photo by: Sam Jones

FTF YEAR 4 OPENING NIGHT FILM

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016 - 7:00 PM   

*Please note, we are fully booked for this event. Screening will start promptly at 7pm. Any latecomers will not be admitted into the screening. Doors open at 6PM.

FIRST EXPOSURE: ETHAN HAWKE PRESENTS ‘CHELSEA WALLS’

Ethan Hawke’s directorial debut pays loving homage to the beatnik spirit of the Chelsea Hotel, home to countless writers, artists, and wayward bohemians. Kaleidoscopic and rambling in style, it as at once laid-back and artistically ambitious, as it follows more than thirty characters while achieving a poetic and lyrical style.  

Q&A to follow with Ethan Hawke.

2001, 109 mins. Directed by Ethan Hawke. Written by Nicole Burdette. Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Christine Vachon, Gary Winick. With: Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Natasha Richardson.

9:30 PM - After Party to follow at the Roxy Bar

Presented By First Time Fest and Scad's Office Of Career And Alumni Success

Specialty Cocktails by:  SAILOR JERRY

Photo by: Sam Jones


SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016 - 1:00 PM

FIRST EXPOSURE:                      STACY COCHRAN PRESENTS           ‘MY NEW GUN’ 

In Stacy Cochran’s impressive directorial debut, the lives of a suburban couple are upended when the husband buys a gun for his wife as a gift. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, odd revelations of character, and a unique comic sensibility, the film contains one of Diane Lane’s most compelling performances, and features impressive cinematography by Ed Lachman.   

Q&A to follow with Stacy Cochran.

1992, 99 mins. Written and directed by Stacy Cochran. Produced by Michael Flynn. Photographed by Ed Lachman. With: Diane Lane, James Le Gros, Stephen Collins, Tess Harper, Philip Seymour Hoffman.


SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016 - 4:30 PM

FIRST EXPOSURE:                        ROSE TROCHE PRESENTS               ‘GO FISH’ 

Rose Troche’s whimsical and naturalistic movie about an extended circle of college-age lesbians, was a breakthrough in 1990s Queer cinema, bringing a truly underground sensibility to its subject and anticipating the microbudget cinema of the digital era. The film was made lovingly over two years, with filming (in grainy black-and-white stock) taking place on weekends.   

Q&A to follow with Rose Troche.

1994, 83 mins. Directed by Rose Troche. Written and produced by Troche and Guinevere Turner. With: V.S. Brodie, Guinevere Turner.


FTF YEAR 4 CLOSING NIGHT FILM SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM IRA SACHS PRESENTS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE DELTA'  Filmmaker Ira Sachs, whose new film Little Men was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, made a memorable debut twenty years ago with The Delta. Deep in Memphis, an unlikely romance emerges between an affluent white teenager and the immigrant son of a poor Vietnamese woman and black G.I. Exploring the boundaries between race, class, and sexuality, Sachs’ much-lauded film follows these men as they try to pursue their love in the confines of a small-city mindset. With its moody, impressionistic photography and naturalistic performances, The Delta is a deeply affecting film about romantic longing and social constrictions.    Q&A to follow with Ira Sachs and producer Margot Bridger. 1996, 85 mins. Directed by Ira Sachs. Written by Ira Sachs. Produced by Margot Bridger. With: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, and Gene Crain. 9:30 PM - After Party to follow at the Roxy Bar Specialty Cocktails by:  SAILOR JERRY

FTF YEAR 4 CLOSING NIGHT FILM

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM

IRA SACHS PRESENTS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'THE DELTA' 

Filmmaker Ira Sachs, whose new film Little Men was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, made a memorable debut twenty years ago with The Delta. Deep in Memphis, an unlikely romance emerges between an affluent white teenager and the immigrant son of a poor Vietnamese woman and black G.I. Exploring the boundaries between race, class, and sexuality, Sachs’ much-lauded film follows these men as they try to pursue their love in the confines of a small-city mindset. With its moody, impressionistic photography and naturalistic performances, The Delta is a deeply affecting film about romantic longing and social constrictions.   

Q&A to follow with Ira Sachs and producer Margot Bridger.

1996, 85 mins. Directed by Ira Sachs. Written by Ira Sachs. Produced by Margot Bridger. With: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss, and Gene Crain.

9:30 PM - After Party to follow at the Roxy Bar

Specialty Cocktails by:  SAILOR JERRY


ALL SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE AT THE ROXY HOTEL, 2 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NYC, 10013