added: Tue, Apr 3rd '12
After viewing the trailer for "First Position," a documentary that follows the lives of six young ballet dancers, you can't help but be reminded of Jeffrey Blitz's acclaimed doc "Spellbound" - or most recently J. Clay Tweel-directed doc. "Make Believe." The common equation in these movies are kids, particularly talented kids in competition. In "First Position," director Bess Kargman filmed an interesting group of aspiring young dancers who enter a world-class competition where the winners are given scholarships and contracts. Stressful to say the least, as one judge says in the trailer, "you have five minutes on stage to prove you deserve this chance." The film will open in select theaters and VOD on May 4th.
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 POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.
directed by Bess Kargman
release date May 4, 2012 (VOD and Select Theaters)