You Were My First Boyfriend
Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey | US | 97
In this high school reunion movie turned inside out, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo circles back to her tortured adolescence, wondering if she remembered it all wrong. Oscillating between present-day, real-world encounters and fantastical re-stagings of her most primal teen memories, You Were My First Boyfriend is a hybrid documentary that explores growing older and making peace with the things that haunt us.
When You Left Me On That Boulevard
Kayla Abuda Galang | US | 13
Thanksgiving 2006 in Paradise Hills, Southeast San Diego. 15-year-old Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house. Stoned and harboring a naive romance with a maybe-boyfriend, Ly moves through the gossip, nosiness, and loudness of her family’s holiday celebration until the day ends.
Lucie Murphy is the mind behind Poise; a NewYork City-based project known for crafting dexterous melodies and emotionally-charged lyrics alongside propulsive rhythms and playful vocal arrangements. Her debut album Vestiges (2021) channels devastation into a source of cathartic reprieve, transforming grief, bewilderment and uncertainty into a soundtrack for introspection, collaboration and growth. Sparked by the sudden, unexpected death of her father, it’s an album that feels urgent; where songs are created not just out of sheer curiosity, but out of a deep, unrestricted necessity. Ushering in a lustrous purging of agitation and anxiety, Vestiges prospers with a renewed authority that sees Murphy celebrate life as much as she mourns the loss of it. Here, an artist arrives, on her own terms.
Live Music from Poise
Q&A with filmmakers Cecilia Aldarondo & Sarah Enid Hagey
Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District
9th Avenue and Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014