The First Grader – Exclusive Interview with Director Justin Chadwick

19 05 2011

The First Grader is a film that highlights the amazing ability that education can have on any group of people.  In this case an octogenarian helps change the views and opinions of his homeland of Kenya.  PSD held an Exclusive Interview with Director Justin Chadwick about his moving film.  Enjoy the chat after the jump.

Justin talked about how the film took a drastic change after he’d visited Kenya and met the ‘First Grader’.

Justin talked about how two film festivals in particular really showcased the depth and beauty behind his wonderful film.

The film opened up in LA and New York this past Friday May 13th.  It opens up tomorrow in these theaters.

May 20, 2011
Atlanta Tara Cinemas 4
Boston Kendall Square 9
Chicago Century Center 7
Renaissance Place Cinema
Dallas Landmark Magnolia Pictures
Houston Greenway Palace Stadium 24
Los Angeles Westpark 8
Philadelphia Ritz 5
San Diego La Jolla Village 4
San Francisco Embarcadero 5
Washington DC Shirlington 7
Bethesda Row

Justin would like you to check out his film and I agree.

Justin talked about the life changing meeting he had with Marube.  This really showcases the true passion Justin has for this film.

He talked about the casting of the kids and also the lead female role played by Naomie Harris (Jane).

Justin talked about his camera choice and how it helped give the film not only a cinema quality but also a real heart.

I asked Justin what it was like shooting the more violent scenes in the film.

Justin talked about how living amongst the villagers allowed him a truly unique view of this community.

You can really understand what means to the people who made it just by listening to Justin’s explaining the whole experience of the film.

Justin talks about the wild connection to President Obama.

Tomorrow go support this amazing film.

May 20, 2011
Atlanta Tara Cinemas 4
Boston Kendall Square 9
Chicago Century Center 7
Renaissance Place Cinema
Dallas Landmark Magnolia Pictures
Houston Greenway Palace Stadium 24
Los Angeles Westpark 8
Philadelphia Ritz 5
San Diego La Jolla Village 4
San Francisco Embarcadero 5
Washington DC Shirlington 7
Bethesda Row
May 27, 2011
Albuquerque Devargas Mall Cinema 6
Austin Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills
Charlotte Regal Cinemas Manor Twin
Dallas Angelika Film Center & Café
Detroit Maple Art 3
Indianapolis Keystone Art
Kansas City Glenwood Arts
Knoxville Regal Downtown West Cinema 8
Los Angeles Playhouse 7
Town Center 5
Minneapolis Edina
New York Cinema 100 Quad
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27 06 2011
Ian

Dear Justin,

i don’t know if you’ll remember me, my name is Ian Arrow and we once worked together on a short film many years ago now called, Sleeping with the Fishes, I was the sound recordist. I have just learnt that you were in South Africa not to long ago, and so I was a bit disappointed that I had missed an opportunity to see you again. However, I currently reside in Cape Town (last 11 years), and still “doing sound”. If your ever in the neck of these woods again, lets get a beer.

Kind regards

Ian

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