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|Headquarters||New York, NY, USA|
|Products||Films, VOD, DVDs, Blu-rays|
First Run was founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers in order to advance the distribution of independent film. In the 1980s, the company focused on more mainstream documentaries and started distributing films on video.
It is one of America's largest independent distributors of documentaries and art films, releasing 12 to 15 films a year in theaters nationwide and 40 to 60 titles on DVD and VOD annually. First Run distributes a large number of documentaries and foreign films, including many films about LGBT issues, Jewish experience, and political and human rights issues.
First Run is the American distributor for Michael Apted's Up Series, Ross McElwee's Sherman's March, Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America, Maidentrip, Girl Model, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, For the Bible Tells Me So, A Jihad for Love, God Loves Uganda , D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's Kings of Pastry, Joe Berlinger's Crude, Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki's The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Alice, Save Me, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power and Moving Midway, among many others. Many of the films First Run Features has distributed have been endorsed by Human Rights Watch.
|2015||Welcome to Leith|
|2015||Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art|
|2015||The Looking Glass|
|2013||A Girl and a Gun|
|2012||Pink Ribbons, Inc.|
|2011||The Man Nobody Knew|
|2010||The Most Dangerous Man in America|
|2009||A Wink and a Smile|
|2008||A Jihad for Love|
|2008||Praying with Lior|
|2007||For the Bible Tells Me So|
|2007||The Power of Forgiveness|
|2007||Please Vote for Me|
|2007||Breaking the Maya Code|
|2004||Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train|
|1993||Speak Up! It's So Dark|
|1991||The Architecture of Doom|
|1979||The War at Home|
|1975||A Boy and his Dog|
- Kelly Anderson, Distributor profile: First Run Features, Real Screen, July 29, 2010
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- Van Cott, Kaeli (July 22, 2015). "First Run Features Acquires Sundance Doc 'Welcome to Leith'". Indiewire. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- Rosen, Steven (September 30, 2015). "Land Art". Cincinnati City Beat. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Levine, Sydney (October 6, 2015). "John Hancock's 'The Looking Glass' is Coming to Theaters Via First Run Features". Indiewire. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Vlessing, Etan (January 27, 2012). "NFB's Drisdell discusses challenges of "Pink Ribbons" release". Reelscreen. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Carl Colby (director) (September 2011). The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (Motion picture). New York City: Act 4 Entertainment.
- Canby, Peter (October 12, 2018). "The Classic Vietnam-Era Documentary "The War at Home" and Its Lessons of Nonviolence". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
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