“My First Film” explores this “abandoned” mythos - from expired Instagram stories, to the nearly-finished feature I made in grad school. It erases the line drawn between a filmmaker's body and body of work. Lasting roughly 75 minutes, MY FIRST FILM reimagines the relationship between the audience, the filmmaker, the movie theatre, and the cinematic narrative, as I weave a narrative using real-time text, spontaneous Google searches, audience directives and AirDrops.”
About Zia Anger:
Zia Anger works in moving images. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. In 2015 her short I REMEMBER NOTHING premiered domestically at New Directors/New Films and internationally at Festival del film Locarno. She directed music videos for various independent artists including: Angel Olsen, Mitski, Julianna Barwick, Beach House, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also toured with - as a performer and stage director.
Various online publications including Pitchfork, the Guardian, and NPR have featured her music videos. In 2015, Filmmaker Magazine selected Zia as one of the year’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She is also a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts film/video fellow.
From 2010 to 2012, she made a micro-budget feature film ALWAYS ALL WAYS, ANNE MARIE in her hometown with some of her best friends and non-actors. Nobody saw the feature. She applied to nearly 50 festivals and it was rejected from everyone. Did you know when nobody sees your first feature, you’re still considered a first time filmmaker?