Our first book, TELL ME SOMETHING, Kickstarting Now!
Film First is please to announce our first publishing venture, TELL ME SOMETHING. We've asked fifty filmmakers we admire, from veterans to up-and-comers, for one piece of advice. Then we took their picture. The resulting book is an art project, a creative manual, and an inspiration generator.
Edited by Jessica Edwards, TELL ME SOMETHING is a clothbound, hardcover book with full-color photographs taken by esteemed photographers from around the world. Legendary directors like Albert Maysles, DA Pennebaker, Frederick Wiseman and Barbara Kopple, and renegades like Morgan Spurlock, James Marsh, Sam Green, Margaret Brown, and Gary Hustwit deliver advice on everything from career development to personal relationships to risk taking to fashion choices. They even throw in some filmmaking advice too!
We've launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finish the design and printing of the book, so back the project and reserve your copy of the book today!
"The Landfill" to premiere at Sundance, Sheffield
"The Landfill" is a new short film directed by Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit, produced as part of the Focus Forward Films three-minute film initiative. It's premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and also screening at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
The United States produces 390 billion pounds of garbage every year, and finding places to dispose of it is a serious environmental and economic challenge. But what if we could change the way we think about garbage, from something to be disposed of to something to be harvested? "The Landfill" profiles a small county landfill in Upstate New York which is using a system of composting, recycling, and methane capture technology to operate sustainably while producing electricity for 5,000 homes in their area. By focusing on the people and ideas behind this innovative waste-to-energy initiative, "The Landfill" shows the beauty and potential of the stuff we throw away.
Watch "The Landfill" online now.
Open call for extraordinary pregnant women
in New York City
Are you (or someone you know) a pregnant lady at least six months on (or visibly showing a bump)? Do you do something extraordinary, even with that growing belly of yours? (Besides just getting out of bed in the morning, which can feel extraordinary at times!) A pregnant filmmaker is looking for other woman who are expecting, to be part of a short documentary film called THINGS MY MOM DID. The film is a celebration of how a growing belly doesn't inhibit women from getting it all done. Do you run marathons? Perform burlesque? Work as a carpenter or a welder or a baker? Do you calm a classroom of 40? Are you a midwife? A dancer? A yoga teacher? Do you run a magazine? Do you drive a bus? A boat? A plane? We are looking for women in New York City (and surrounding areas) to be part of the film that will show our kids the whole life they had while in utero.
Time commitment is a few hours on one day, there's no monetary compensation for participating, but each participant will get a copy of the film and an invitation to screenings. If you're interested or have questions, please email info[at]filmfirstco.com with THINGS MY MOM DID in the subject line.