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The First Step

Thursday, September 30, 2021

NEW YORK IN-PERSON PREMIERE

Van Jones, a Black progressive activist known for calling Donald Trump’s election “a whitelash” live on primetime TV, controversially crossing party lines to win bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and the response to the addiction crisis. Van’s journey building bridges in a time of extreme polarization takes him deep into the messy drama of the Trump administration, internal divisions within both parties, and the lives of activists fighting on the frontlines for their communities.

IN ATTENDANCE: Producer, Lance Kramer

Director Biography

Brandon Kramer is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures. Brandon directed CITY OF TREES (Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, national broadcast on PBS’ America Reframed, Netflix); and the Webby Award-winning documentary series THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES. Brandon won Best Director at the 2016 Chesapeake Film Festival and Indie Capital Awards, received the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and was a 2015 DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow.

FEATURE | 86 min | US | 2021 

DIRECTOR

Brandon Kramer

PRODUCER

Lance Kramer

WRITER

Aisling Chin-Yee, Amos Mac

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Abigail Disney, Regina K. Scully, Robert F. Smith, Brad Buhr and Bryanna Sapps, Christina and David Arquettes, Deon and Roxanne Taylors, Daniel S. Loeb, Brad Buhr and Bryanna Sapp, Christina and David Arquette, Deon and Roxanne Taylor, Daniel S. Loeb

EDITOR

Natasha Livia Mottola, Steven Golliday, Leslie Simmer, Sara Fusco

COMPOSER

Joshua Abrams

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Emily Topper

CONSULTING EDITORS

Lewis Erskine, Carol Dysinger, Edwin Martinez

CONSULTING PRODUCERS

Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness, Gordon Quinn

  • Organizer Name: Big Eddy Film Festival
  • Phone: (845) 252-7576
  • Email: info@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org
  • Website: www.delawarevalleyartsalliance.org
  • Type: Documentary Feature
  • Time: September 30, 2021 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Venue:Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY 12720
  • Duration:86 Minutes