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Festival favorite FIRST POSITION lands a release date

Rachel Fox

April 5th, 2012

It's nice to wake up to some good news once in a while, no?

According to Indiewire, Bess Kargman's award-winning documentary FIRST POSITION has been given a release (and likely VOD) date of May 4. The film follows several young ballet dancers vying for positions in the Youth America Grand Prix, an intense international competition that selects the best and brightest for critical placement within various academies and troupes. Trailer after the jump.

I saw the film in October at the Vancouver International Film Festival based on the recommendation of a friend who had seen it at TIFF (where it was runner-up for the audience choice documentary award) and had simply adored it. Director Kargman and editor Kate Amend (known for her work on Academy Award winners THE LONG WAY HOME and INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS, among others) were on hand to talk after the screening, taking questions from an audience that was nothing short of awed and inspired by their smart, touching, uplifting film.

FIRST POSITION is refreshing inasmuch as it showcases relatively "normal" children in possession of extraordinary talent, incredible ambition, and admirable self-discipline. It's a hopeful, sweet film that left me weepy at times. Beautiful and moving, Kargman's telling portraits follow the pursuits of several delightfully personable, remarkably motivated children whose families lovingly sacrifice themselves to support of their dreams. It is an absolute delight.

Source Indiewire

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