The First Step documents the controversial work of political commentator Van Jones as he seeks to initiate criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. As Jones attempts to work across party lines to be a bridge builder in a deeply divided America, we witness the extreme polarization of modern-day US politics. In the process, the film reveals what it takes in this environment to pass new legislation as we get a peek into the inner workings of a divisive administration, the internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities and a better America. Director Brandon Kramer’s award-winning documentary, called “extremely illuminating” by RogerEbert.com’s Matt Fagerholm, is both insightful and timely.
Winner – Best Documentary Feature – Oxford Film Festival
“Riveting…an extremely illuminating look at how real change occurs in these divisive times.” – Matt Fagerholm – RogerEbert.com
“The First Step works because it’s as honest about the state of government as it is passionate about doing so.” – Alan Ng – Film Threat
Followed by a Q&A with director Brandon Kramer and producer Lance Kramer
Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm | Harris Theater
Watch the trailer!