First Date

Director: Darren Knapp, Manuel Crosby Run Time: 103 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Ryan Quinn Adams, Shelby Duclos, Tyson Brown

Country: United States
Language: English

“Smartly scripted…with savagely dark humor…feels like a child of the Coen Bros’ crime comedies”

– Kristy Puchko for RogerEbert

About the film:

Official Selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Shy high schooler Mike finally summons the courage to ask out his badass neighbor 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 soon turns into a surreal misadventure when they are inexplicably targeted by a pair of cops, a criminal gang, and a vengeful cat lady.

About the filmmakers:

A dark comedy and coming-of-age thriller, First Date is the debut feature from directing duo Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp set in a fictionalized version of their hometown of Valley Springs, California. The two met when Crosby volunteered at Calaveras County Public Access TV during college summer vacation, and they’ve been making movies with mutual friends ever since.

Watch the filmmakers’ introduction for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

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