First Run Features Offers Jazz, Penguins June 27

There’s a Future in the Past
A film by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards

90 minutes, color, 2016

What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano — a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.

“CRITIC’S PICK! The next best thing to dancing on air.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“IT SWINGS! For anyone who appreciates early jazz and swing, Vince Giordano’s lifelong passion is welcome on dual fronts: the history he’s preserving, and the new energy he’s breathing into a century-old lineage through masterful, joyous performance.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Packed with sizzling performances, this illuminating documentary tells the story of Giordano’s struggle to carry the torch for a vanishing musical era.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES


“One of the best music docs ever.” – FILM JOURNAL
 On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11




A film by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon

68 minutes, color, 2016

Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. THE PENGUIN COUNTERS follows Ron and his ragtag team of field biologists to one of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations.

The documentary takes us from the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island on a treacherous yet heartwarming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.

“AWE-INSPIRING… magnificent…hopeful…wonderful!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

“STUNNING…ENGROSSING! Facing very challenging conditions, the filmmakers rendered some exquisite cinematography, shooting eye-popping scenery and wildlife at one of the world’s most remote destinations, footage that gives armchair travelers a ‘you-are-there’ feel.” – EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL

“‘The Penguin Counters’ is loaded with heartwarming shots of the flightless birds, as well as gorgeous panoramas of the Antarctic, lovingly photographed.” – THIS WEEK IN NY

On iTunes June 27 | On DVD July 11  

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