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West Coast Premiere

You Were My First Boyfriend

Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey

USA | 97 min | 2022

In this high school reunion movie turned inside out, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo relives her tortured adolescence, wondering if she remembered it all wrong.

What if you could rewrite your adolescence? In this high school reunion movie turned inside out, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo embarks on a fantastical quest to reconcile her tortured teen years. She ‘goes back' in more ways than one, tracking down old foes and friends alike, and re-staging her most primal humiliations while casting herself as a teenager.

In a cathartic, time-bending process of letting go, Cecilia is forced to confront the flawed memories she's held onto for years. Oscillating between present and past, hallucination and reality, You were my First Boyfriend is a hybrid documentary that explores the power of adolescent fantasy, the subtle violence of cultural assimilation, and the funhouse mirror of time's passage. Perhaps we will all learn something about growing older and making peace with the things that haunt us.
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Cecilia Aldarondo is a director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora who works at the intersection of poetics and politics. Her third feature You Were My First Boyfriend had its World Premiere at the 2023 SXSW. In 2019 she was named to DOC NYC's 40 Under 40 list. She teaches at Williams College.

Sarah Enid Hagey is a filmmaker, artist, performer, comedy sketch writer, sound designer. She's edited film for over 20 years. She is the recipient of a Cinema Award from the National Board of Review and a James Beard Award for Visual and Technical Excellence, and an Emmy.
Type of Film Feature
Country of Origin USA
Year Film Was Completed 2022
Runtime 97 min
Social media Handles IG: @firstboyfriendfilm
Director Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey
Produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna
Written by Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey
Cinematography Brennan Vance - Director of Photography: Recreations, J. Bennett - Director of Photography: Documentary
Edited by Shannon Kennedy & Sarah Enid Hagey
Music by Angélica Negrón
Sound Design Sarah Enid Hagey & Shannon Kennedy
Art Direction Emmeline Wilks-Dupoise
Main Cast Trinity Soos (Caroline), Hannah Whipple (Jo Anne), Xander Black (Joel), Maya Karp (Joel's Girlfriend), Ella Marie Fraley (Frenemy 1), Delanie Nicole Gill (Frenemy 2), Erica Kaylee Gouldthorpe (Frenemy 3), Isabella Rivera Gandulla (Frenemy 4), Cole Donaldson (Simon)