When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands them with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record, their utopian commune is breached by anxiety and their idyllic harmony begins to lose its tune. As time wears on and the food supply dwindles, power struggles, jealousy, and desire threaten the group's ability to work together in order to survive.
In this extraordinary debut feature, filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson explores the fundamental instincts of human nature that arise when perseverance and beliefs are not only tested, but taken to their limits. Nuanced, authentic performances escalate with heightened emotion, while ethereal landscapes intimate that the poetic world of First Winter exists in an undefined time and space, perhaps not so far apart from our own.
Length: 91 minutes
Director: Benjamin Dickinson
Screenwriter: Benjamin Dickinson
Producer: Mark De Pace, Zachary Mortensen, Lindsay Burdge, Benjamin Dickinson
Editor: Benjamin Dickinson, Jen Lame, Andrew Allen
Director of Photography: Adam Newport-Berra
Production Designer: Katie Hickman
Executive Producer: Jon Watts
Production Manager: Michelle Cameron
Production Coordinator: Alexandria LaPorte
Primary Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Paul Manza, Jennifer Kim, Samantha Jacobs, Matthew Chastain, Kate Lyn Sheil
Benjamin Dickinson studied filmmaking at NYU and started Waverly Flams in 2004 with six friends from school. He has directed music videos for Q-Tip, LCD Soundsystem, Reggie Watts, and The Rapture as well as commercial work, short films and Internet clips. His work has been featured at Cannes.