A scene from Blake Williams's PROTOTYPE. Courtesy of Grasshopper Film

FESTIVAL
First Look 2018

January 5–15
The seventh edition of First Look, the Museum's acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema, returns January 5 through 15. The Festival 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. It opens with Toronto-based experimental filmmaker Blake Williams’s PROTOTYPE, a unique 3-D sci-fi–influenced film that immerses us in the aftermath of the devastating 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane to fashion a haunting essay on technology, cinema, and the medium’s future. Like PROTOTYPE, many other films in First Look invent their own hybrid forms, exploding and combining genres. The full lineup features films from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Lebanon, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Syria, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Organized by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes

Special thanks to Jean-Pierre Rehm, director of FIDMarseille, programming partner of First Look. For their assistance with First Look, the Museum also wishes to thank the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; UnionDocs (New York); the Polish Cultural Institute New York; and the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Tickets:  Unless noted, tickets are $15 (with discounts for seniors and students and free for Museum members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). A Festival pass, good for admission to all First Look films (with the exception of the invitation-only Sundance Institute work-in-progress screening), is available for $45.

Opening Night Live Event
PROTOTYPE
Friday, January 5, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Tongue Cutters
Saturday, January 6, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
All the Mistakes I've Made (Part 2)
Saturday, January 6, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Ghost Hunting
Saturday, January 6, 3:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Communion
Saturday, January 6, 5:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
screening & live event
First Sight: Award-winning shorts from the Jonatha…
Saturday, January 6, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
Saturday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Colo
Sunday, January 7, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Taste of Cement
Sunday, January 7, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
Last Days in Shibati and The Lives of Therese
Sunday, January 7, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Patrons Event for Museum Members
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Work-I…
Sunday, January 7, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
ROOM H.264: Brooklyn, NY, June 2016
Sunday, January 7, 6:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Vazante
Sunday, January 7, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Va, Toto!
Friday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Radio Atlas: Intimacy and Distance
Friday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Free Screening & Live Event
New Work by Ken Jacobs
Saturday, January 13, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Tinselwood
Saturday, January 13, 2:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
The Exiled
Saturday, January 13, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
You Have No Idea How Much I Love You
Saturday, January 13, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
Missing Episode and other episodes
Saturday, January 13, 6:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT
Let the Summer Never Come Again
Saturday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening & Live Event
James Benning: L. Cohen and measuring change
Sunday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Playing Men
Sunday, January 14, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
James Benning: Readers
Sunday, January 14, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Screening
Railway Sleepers
Sunday, January 14, 4:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Screening & Live Event
ROOM H.264: Astoria, NY, January 2018
Sunday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
screening
First Sight: Award-winning shorts from the Jonatha…
Monday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image – Bartos Screening Room
Screening
Sending Out an SOS: First Look Shorts
Monday, January 15, 4:00 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room