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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Zia Anger’s My First Film

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Zia Anger’s My First Film

Music video director and a Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Intensive participant, we thought Zia Anger‘s avant-garde feature debut (or is it a sophomore film?) might drop this year, but Park City might actually be the best lieu to unpack a title that has closer ties with Utah. At first a film with its own if a tree falls in a forest mythology and then the birthing of a live cinema performance piece would equate to the production of My First Film. Filming took place late last year in Salt Lake City, with Odessa Young in the lead role — and cinematographer Ashley Connor behind the line. Anger’s debut film (as she mentions) got rejected by every single film festival, but this item promises to be a fun narrative outside it’s own narrative as it bleeds into fiction, and the past, present, and future. Other names include Eamon Farren, Philip Ettinger (see our interview), Devon Ross, Cole Doman, Eleonore Hendricks and Hailey Gates.

Gist: We follow a young filmmaker, as she recounts the story of struggling to make her first feature. Fact bleeding into fiction, and past, present, and future converging to create a modern myth that redefines the very act of creation.

Production Co./Producers: MEMORY’s Riel Roch Decter, Taylor Shung.

Prediction: Next section.

U.S. Distributor: MUBI.

2023 American Film Festival Wroclaw

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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