First Girl I Loved

USA | 2016 | 90 minutes | Kerem Sanga

When 17-year-old Anne falls in love with the most popular girl in school, it's much to the chagrin of her male best friend, who harbors a secret crush. Featuring outstanding lead performances, this naturalistic teen drama won the 2016 Sundance NEXT award.

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17-year-old Anne (Dylan Gelula, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") has just fallen for the most popular girl in her Los Angeles high school. Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool) is an athlete, in the top 15% of her class, and beautiful. When Anne fakes a yearbook interview in order to talk to her, the girls hit it off with flirtatious banter and genuine chemistry. But when she confesses her feelings to her best friend, Clifton (Mateo Arias, "Kickin' It"), he reacts with confusion and anger—after all, he's harbored a secret crush on Anne for years, and naively hoped their relationship would eventually reach a more romantic level. Clifton's hostility at Anne's unrequited feelings, the burgeoning of Anne and Sasha's increasingly passionate relationship, and a controversial photo taken at a nightclub all combine as fuel for an explosive finale. With cameos from Pamela Adlon ("Louie") and Tim Heidecker ("Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!"), this naturalistic teen drama captures high-school infatuation in all its awkwardness. The young cast perfectly and authentically characterizes all the eccentricities of first love, from the jealousies and theatrics to the tiny, tender moments that seem to shape entire worlds.

Director Biography
Kerem Sanga's previous film, The Young Kieslowski, premiered at the LA Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Sanga attended USC as an Annenberg Fellow and studied math at UT-Austin. He lives in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by Savannah College of Art and Design, Greater Seattle Business Association, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Kerem Sanga
  • Principal Cast: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Jennifer Prediger
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Ross Putman, David Hunter, Seth Caplan
  • Screenplay: Kerem Sanga
  • Cinematographers: Ricardo Diaz
  • Editors: Shane Hazen
  • Music: John Swihart
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance 2016 (NEXT Audience Award)
  • Filmography: The Young Kieslowski (2014); Trigger Finger (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Creative Artists Agency