First Look / Museum of the Moving Image

FESTIVAL
First Look 20/21

July 22–August 1
First Look, the Museum’s acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema, introduces New York audiences to formally inventive works that seek to redefine the art form while engaging in a wide range of subjects and styles. The festival’s tenth edition—shifting to mid-summer and extended to two weekends—First Look 20/21 presents still unseen works from the 2020 iteration of the festival alongside over a dozen additional programs, making it the biggest and most wide-ranging edition to date. All First Look 20/21 programs will be presented in the Museum’s two theaters, with filmmakers appearing either in person or via live video. A selection of films will also be available for online viewing after their on-site premiere, details forthcoming.

Opening Night, on Thursday, July 22, features the New York premieres of Claire Simon’s The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village, and the World…, and Yaara Sumeruk’s short film If We Say That We Are Friends, with Simon joining virtually and Sumeruk attending in person.

Closing Night, on August 1, features the New York premiere of Dash Shaw and Jane Samborski’s sui generis animated adventure Cryptozoo, which debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, with Shaw in attendance.

First Look 20/21 was programmed by Eric Hynes, Curator of Film, and Edo Choi, Assistant Curator of Film; Becca Keating, Director of Development and curator of Persistent Visions program; Sonia Epstein, Associate Curator of Science and Film; and guest curator David Schwartz, Manager of Theatrical Programming, Netflix. 

The programming team would like to acknowledge the following people for their guidance, support, advocacy, and generosity: Dorota Lech, Abby Sun, Keisha Knight, Joanne Feinberg, Sadie Tillery, Chris Boeckmann, Kristin Feeley, Stacey Woelfel and Robert Greene, Alla Rachkov, Tomek Smolarski, Mary Lee Grisanti, Amélie Garin-Davet, and Dominic Davis, Dan Nuxoll, and Maria Rhodes of Rooftop Films. 

Tickets & Passes:
Unless otherwise noted, tickets for individual screening programs are $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth / free for MoMI members starting at the Senior & Student levels ($7 Classic members). Tickets for Opening and Closing Night are $20 ($15 for MoMI Members):

$100 All-Access Pass (including opening and closing night, in-person and virtual cinema screenings, and Working on It) 
$65 In-Person Pass (including all on-site screenings and “Working On It” days; value can be applied to a year-round Museum membership) 

Sponsors: The Museum is grateful for support from 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, and Rooftop Films. Additional support was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
October Country (With Live Score)
Monday, July 19, 7:45 p.m. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
OPENING NIGHT FILM
The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village, and the …
Thursday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
LIVE EVENT
First Look 20/21 Working on It Session 1
Friday, July 23, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Ridge + The Harvesters
Friday, July 23, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Stories from the Chestnut Woods
Friday, July 23, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Mementos: Family Fragments on Film and in Performa…
Friday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Il Mio Corpo + Three Songs for Benazir
Saturday, July 24, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
First Sight: Four Shorts from the BFA Film Departm…
Saturday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Zinder
Saturday, July 24, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
First Sight: 2020 Award-Winning Shorts from the Jo…
Saturday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Cross Eyed
Saturday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SHORT FILM PROGRAM
First Sight: 2021 Award-Winning Shorts from the Jo…
Saturday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Nofinofy
Sunday, July 25, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Comets
Sunday, July 25, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Intimate Distances
Sunday, July 25, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Silent Voice
Sunday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
180 Degree Rule
Sunday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
LIVE EVENT
First Look 20/21 Working on It Session 2
Friday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Transnistra
Friday, July 30, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Bird Talk
Friday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
The Viewing Booth
Friday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image
SCREENING
Phases of Matter + When Two or Three
Saturday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Bottled Songs 1-4
Saturday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Forensickness
Saturday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Maggie's Farm
Saturday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
There Will Be No More Night
Saturday, July 31, 4:45 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SHORT FILM PROGRAMS
Are We Here, Together?: Experimental Shorts
Saturday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
Searching Eva
Saturday, July 31, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
A Beautiful Summer (Le bel été)
Sunday, August 1, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING
Don’t Touch Me (Noli Me Tangere)
Sunday, August 1, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Double Wow and other works by Ken Jacobs
Sunday, August 1, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
SCREENING
A Rifle and a Bag
Sunday, August 1, 5:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
FREE EVENT
The Making of Cryptozoo: A Conversation with Dash …
Sunday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Cryptozoo
Sunday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater