The First Step – a moving documentary in collaboration with Van Jones, his partner Jana Cartner and filmmakers Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer – will be making its World Premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. There are a limited amount of tickets remaining HERE.
The First Step goes deep behind the scenes of the groundbreaking First Step Act, and the work that Van Jones and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. did to pass the bill in the middle of Trump’s Presidency. A prime example of how working across the aisles can create meaningful change at a time of extreme political division, the documentary features appearances from Kim Kardashian, Charlamagne Tha God, Senator Bernie Sanders, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Rand Paul, Jared Kushner and more.
In this revealing observational portrait, Black progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones faces a polarised society head on in an effort to reform a broken criminal justice system. Jones, known for calling Donald Trump’s election “a whitelash” live on primetime TV, navigates increasingly tense and isolating political and racial divides in his attempt to become a “bridge builder” during the Trump administration.
Condemned by the right for his progressive beliefs, and by the left for embracing conservatives, this fraught and cinematically captured personal journey questions his integrity from all sides, forcing him to consider not only his activism but his own identity. THE FIRST STEP takes us behind the scenes of these dramatic power struggles, from internal divisions within both parties, to the lives of activists fighting on the frontlines for their communities. – Tribeca Film Festival
Featuring Louis L. Reed, Jessica Jackson, Virgie Walker, Pete White, and Tylo James. Also featuring Jared Kushner, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Shelley Capito, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mike Lee, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Patrisse Cullors, Charlemagne Tha God, Karen Hunter, and Kim Kardashian.
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