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My First Film (2019)

My First Film (2019)
My First Film (2019)
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri October 4, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Free and open to the public


My First Film

(Zia Anger, 2019, USA, digital with live performance, 75 min)

My First Film is a feature-length multimedia performance in which filmmaker Zia Anger interacts with media on screen and with the audience, using real-time text, spontaneous Google searches, audience directives, and AirDrops. Through the performance, Anger probes and dissects her “abandoned” works to re-imagine the relationship between the audience, the filmmaker, the movie theater, and cinema, and erases the line between a filmmaker’s corporeal body and their body of work. A vital, singular, innovative performance that explores what it means to be a woman and an artist, the project showcases Anger’s sensibilities and pushes the boundaries of cinematic experience. “A cathartic collective experiment in what it might mean to challenge failure, recalibrate it, and reclaim it anew.”—Sight and Sound

In person: filmmaker Zia Anger

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at

Press Coverage

Chicago Reader
In My First Film, Anger critiques the flawed system that’s shaped her career. More importantly, she gives herself the space and agency to find out what it is she wants to say with her art when she doesn’t seek approval from the outside world.”
Cody Corrall, October 3, 2019