A 2012 Dance on Camera Festival sell-out, First Position returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, featuring an in person for Q&A with director Bess Kargman at the 11:15am screening on July 21!Screening and Q&A with Bess Kargman
Saturday, July 21, 201211:15am
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Francesca Beale TheaterBuy Tickets
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary, First Position, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, First Positionpaints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
Images from our 2012 Dance on Camera Festival by Karime Arabia Photography“Bess Kargman, a former dancer, directs with sensitivity and care. She knows her subject and spares no details in showing the myriad ways dancers sacrifice their lives for their art.” —Rex Reed, The New York Observer
“A slam dunk when it comes to audience love.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Touching, enormously satisfying.” —Alissa Simon, Variety