• My First Film

My First Film

a live event by Zia Anger
2019, 75-80 minutes


MY FIRST FILM is a feature-length multimedia performance in which filmmaker Zia Anger interacts with media on screen and the audience using real-time text, spontaneous Google searches, audience directives and AirDrops. Through the performance, Anger probes and dissects her “abandoned” works to re-imagine the relationship between the audience, the filmmaker, the movie theater and cinema and erases the line between a filmmaker’s corporeal body and their body of work. A vital, singular, innovative work that explores what it means to be a woman and an artist, the project showcases Anger’s sensibilities and pushes the boundaries of cinematic experience.


"A reclamation of a ‘failed’ work and a rebuke of the independent film industry’s standards for success, My First Film plies the formal limits of a theatrical experience."
- Filmmaker Magazine

"Defies convention, challenging what a film can be and how an artist can relate to their audience."
- HyperAllergic

"I have attended dozens, maybe hundreds, of talks about the lack of women feature film directors — an issue I care deeply about. But after a while, they all sound the same. Zia Anger has figured out a new way to discuss these issues, in an incredibly moving, personal, and creative way."
- Miriam Bale, Artistic Director at Indie Memphis

"A cathartic collective experiment in what it might mean to challenge failure, recalibrate it, and reclaim it anew."
- Sight and Sound

Press Materials

Press Release
Press Stills (Opens DropBox)

Where to watch

Available to book at your venue


Sept 20: The Metrograph, New York, NY

Oct 3: Block Cinema at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Oct 10: The Willard Straight Theater at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Oct 16: Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Oct 17: Radical Nonfiction at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Oct 19: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbia, MO
Oct 24: Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI

Festivals & Awards

Official Selection - Sheffield Doc Fest


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