DIRECTED BY BESS KARGMAN
USA, 2011, 90 MIN
IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH AND HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Sponsored by EILEEN FISHER
Runner up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival, Bess Kargman’s remarkably entertaining FIRST POSITION combines all of the heart, drama, tension, and suspense of other students-in-competition docs like Spellbound but is set in the competitive world of classical dance. Every year more than 5000 aspiring dancers worldwide, ages 9 to 19, enter the Grand Prix hoping to win scholarships, kudos, and job contracts. Out of that number, only 300 make it into the New York City finals. This wonderful and touching film follows six gifted ballet students from disparate social, regional, economic, and ethnic backgrounds as they embark on this journey. From a boy living in Italy with his US military family, to an orphan girl from war-torn Sierra Leone adopted as a tot by a Jewish family in Philadelphia, to a pretty blonde all-American princess from Maryland, the young dancers and their families exhibit extraordinary tenacity, passion, and dedication to their art. Be prepared to be moved and inspired by their stunning and memorable performances.