My First Film

"Did you know when nobody sees your first feature, you're still considered a first-time filmmaker?"
—Zia Anger

My First Film, artist and filmmaker Zia Anger's second "feature-length" project, is a disruption. Pushing hard against the walls of the structure that industrialized-capitalism built to house cinema as we know it, Anger takes aim at the gate-keepers of production, distribution and exhibition, as well as herself, and explodes the way we reckon with failure. The piece, formally, is a narrative cinematic performance featuring visuals projected from the director's personal computer, and interacts directly with the exhibition space and the audience by utilizing a variety of media from live google-searches to iPhone air-drops.

Zia Anger is currently touring with My First Film, exhibiting the project at diverse venues spanning New York cinemas Metrograph and The Spectacle, LA's Downtown Independent, San Francisco's Alamo Drafthouse and the 2019 Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield, UK, as well as galleries and universities across the US.

Presented by The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism.


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