First Girl I Loved (2016)

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“A woozy and wonderful queer teen romance... Dylan Gelula gives a revelatory performance in a film that suggests we're in for a new wave of teen cinema.”

The pangs of first love are given a fresh spin in this feature from director Kerem Sanga. Anne (played by Dylan Gelula from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is your typical angst ridden teen misfit, who is more interested in bike riding and hanging with best friend Cliff, than fitting in with her cliquey classmates. Her polar opposite is the athletic and popular Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand from Deadpool) who Anne becomes smitten with when she photographs her for the school yearbook.

When the crush is surprisingly reciprocated the two girls’ wildly different worlds implode. Told with an original flair First Girl I Loved won the NEXT Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance International Film Festival and is a bold addition to the queer coming out canon.

Australian photographer and filmmaker Cloudy Rhodes' short film, Lo Lo Loves You (6 mins) will screen before First Girl I Loved.