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The First Wave

Directed by Matthew Heineman

USA | Documentary | 93

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From Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Heineman comes a nuanced profile of humanity and inspiration. Profiling four frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic during the first wave that ravaged NYC in the spring of 2020, this clear-eyed film documents the harrowing experience of health care workers, their remarkable dedication to those in need, and the journey of two patients who are taken to the brink by the novel coronavirus. The film draws its power from illuminating the raw emotions in those first few months and highlights stories of triumph and resiliency amidst a global crisis.

Director Matthew Heineman

Matthew Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, based in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005 with a degree in History. Previous films include Our Time (2009), Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012), Cartel Land (2015), City of Ghosts (2017), A Private War (2018), The Trade (2018), and The Boy from Medellín (2020). He has twice won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America, one of only three directors to do so.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 93

Country USA

Director Matthew Heineman

Executive Producer Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington, Maiken Baird, Alex Gibney, Leah Thomask David Fialkow, Pagan Harleman, Joedan Okun

Producer Matthew Heineman, Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville

Editor Francisco Bello, Matthew Heineman, Gabriel Rhodes, David Zieff

Cinematographer Ross NcDonnell, Thorsten Thielow, Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman,Alex Pritz

Music H. Scott Salinas, Jon Batiste