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First Position - Official Trailer | HD | IFC Films

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

Starring: Michaela DePrince, Joan Sebastian Zamora, and Aran Bell

For the young dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, lifelong dreams are at stake. With hundreds competing for 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 POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

Best Documentary: Portland International Film Festival. Audience Award: DOC NYC. Jury Prize: San Francisco Documentary Festival. PIFF Best New Director: Bess Kargman. First runner up for best documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2011. Won the WESTDOC PitchFest (2009). Official Selection: IFP Spotlight on Documentaries 2010.

Directed, produced and edited by Bess Kargman. Executive Producer: Rose Caiola. Director of Photography: Nick Higgins. Music by Chris Hajian. Editor: Kate Amend. Associate Producers: Jennilyn Merten and Nick Higgins. Production Manager: Hashem Selph.

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