18th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 23 - May 2, 2021 Online

First Date

United States, 2021 : International Premiere
Stream on Demand Apr 23 - May 2
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description

Shy high-schooler Mike finally summons the courage to ask out his badass neighbour Kelsey, only to realize he’s missing a key element for a successful date – the car. Panicked and low on cash, he’s conned into buying a beat-up ‘65 Chrysler. Mike's plan to win over Kelsey turns into a surreal misadventure when they are inexplicably targeted by a pair of cops, a criminal gang, and a vengeful cat lady. A night fuelled by desire, bullets, and burning rubber makes any other first date seem like a walk in the park.

In this perfectly executed throwback thrill ride, directing duo Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp deftly weave together elements of dark comedy, teen romance, shoot 'em up action and a classic coming-of-age story, creating a truly entertaining ride that never misses a beat.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Sundance Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR BIOS
Growing up in Valley Springs, California, Manuel Crosby discovered filmmaking around age 12 and has since written, directed, shot, edited, and produced numerous projects, including the short western film DEAD MAN'S LOCKET (2017) and the thrillers PRECAUTION (2014) and BROADCAST (2012). While volunteering at Calaveras County Public Access TV during college summer vacation, he became friends with Darren Knapp. The two have been making movies with mutual friends ever since. He currently resides in Northern California.

Darren Knapp is an independent filmmaker of 22 years. He has made several short films with credits including cinematography, editing, writing, directing and producing. His work includes SWITCHES (2002), LIVING BY THE GUN (2013) THE MISSING (2014), BROADCAST (2012), PRECAUTION (2014) and DEAD MAN’S LOCKET (2017).

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press for First Date

"If Quentin Tarantino made an indie teen comedy, it’d probably resemble this super-fun, fairly bloody spin on the ‘one crazy night’ concept."
- USA Today
"The best caper flick in forever."
- Nerdist

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No One Will Know

Canada (Calgary), 2021, 15 min, Director Thomas Geddes

Trapped in a house during a blizzard, two childhood friends try to convey their feelings to one another while being hunted by a group of ruthless scavengers in a never-ending winter blizzard.

details

Narrative / Comedy / Crime / First Feature

English
103 minutes

credits

Directors
Manuel Crosby
Darren Knapp

Producers
Brandon Kraus
Lucky McKee
Charles Horak
Manuel Crosby
Darren Knapp

Screenwriters
Manuel Crosby
Darren Knapp

Cinematographer
Manuel Crosby

Cast
Tyson Brown
Shelby Duclos
Jesse Janzen
Nicole Berry
Ryan Quinn Adams
Brandon Kraus

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