MoMI

FESTIVAL
First Look 2020

March 11–15

The ninth edition of First Look, the Museum's acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema, will include more than two dozen programs, featuring formally inventive new works that seek to redefine the art form while engaging in a wide range of subjects and styles.

Opening Night, on March 11, features the New York premiere of Hubert Sauper’s Epicentro, recent winner of the Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance FIlm Festival, with the director in person.

Closing Night, on March 15, features Midi Z’s Nina Wu, which premiered in the 2019 Cannes Un Certain Regard competition, with the director in person.

The full lineup features both documentary and narrative works, features and shorts, live performances and artist talks, works in progress and classics revisited, with work hailing from countries including Belgium, France, Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Germany, Madagascar, Canada, Sweden, Slovenia, Turkey, Colombia, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

First Look is about discovery, about illuminating the artistic process, inviting audiences to participate in an ongoing dialogue about new cinematic possibilities. This year, in addition to appearing in person at screenings, filmmakers will participate in a range of master classes, workshops, and performances throughout the Museum.

Organized by Eric Hynes, Curator of Film; Edo Choi, Assistant Curator of Film; David Schwartz, Curator-at-Large; Becca Keating, Director of Development and curator of Persistent Visions program; and Sonia Epstein, Associate Curator of Science & Film.

Sponsors:
The BFA Film Department, School of Visual Arts, The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Captain Lawrence Brewery, Bridge Lane Wine, The Collective Paper Factory Hotel

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Epicentro
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
About Some Meaningless Events (De quelques événeme…
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Ridge (Säsong)
Thursday, March 12, 8:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Bird Talk (Mowa ptaków)
Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Transnistra
Saturday, March 14, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Phases of Matter (Maddenin Halleri)
Saturday, March 14, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Nofinofy
Saturday, March 14, 5:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Stories from the Chestnut Woods
Saturday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Four Stories: New Nonfiction Shorts
Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Ghost Tropic
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
In These Times: Experimental Shorts
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Maggie's Farm
Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Comets
Sunday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Don’t Touch Me (Noli me tangere)
Sunday, March 15, 3:15 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
The Viewing Booth
Sunday, March 15, 3:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
A Beautiful Summer (Le bel été)
Sunday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Searching Eva
Sunday, March 15, 5:45 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Nina Wu
Sunday, March 15, 8:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater