First Girl I LovedUnited States, 2016 : International Premiere
Anne (Dylan Gelula, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) is a 17-year-old headstrong, cool nerd who lives with her single mom. While covering a softball game for the high school yearbook committee, she becomes infatuated with Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand, DEADPOOL), the pretty star of the team. The two girls charmingly hit it off and quickly become close. But when Anne shares her newfound attraction to Sasha with her best friend, Cliff, he reveals his feelings for Anne and lashes out at her in unanticipated ways.
Writer/director Kerem Sanga tells a coming-of-age story freshly and unexpectedly. Through flashback and each character’s point of view, a multifaceted drama unfolds to reveal the complete love triangle between Anne, Cliff, and Sasha. Told with authenticity and humour, FIRST GIRL I LOVED is a delightful, contemporary perspective on the first jitters of new romance and the age-old heartbreak of love. – Sundance
Sundance Film Festival 2016
Kerem Sanga is the writer/director of three features. His previous film, THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
press for First Girl I Loved
"A lovely coming-of-age, coming-out story."- Consequence of Sound
"An earnest and sweet look at burgeoning love."- Collider
screened with a short film
U.S., 2015, 5 Minutes, Director Jack Dunphy
Narrative / Drama / Coming of Age / LGBTQ+Licensed Screen 18+ (Tuesday)
All Ages (Sunday)
Peter Parshall Jensen
Stacey Parshall Jensen
Winner Audience Award: NEXT, Sundance Film Festival 2016