Young love is always a flurry of excitement and terror, dominated by a wide-eyed sense of wonder and joy. But it can be difficult if two people aren’t on the same page, and even more difficult if two people are in the closet. The new film “First Girl I Loved,” which won the NEXT Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows Anne (Dylan Gelula), a high school senior and yearbook volunteer who falls in love with Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton (Mateo Arias), who has always harbored a secret crush, he tries to sabotage their relationship out of jealousy. The film also stars Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Tim Heidecker (“Tim & Eric”), Cameron Esposito (“Take My Wife”), Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”), and Jennifer Prediger (“Apartment Troubles”). Watch the exclusive trailer below.
The film is written and directed by Kerem Sanga. His previous film “The Young Kieslowski,” about two undergrads at Caltech who discover they’re having children after a one-night stand, premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Audience Award. Sanga co-founded the production company PSH Collective along with producers David Hunter & Ross Putman, who also produced “The Young Kieslowski.”
“First Girl I Loved” will be released in select theaters and on demand on October 18th.