First Run Features

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First Run Features
Industry Film distribution
Founded 1979
Headquarters New York, NY, USA
Products Films, VOD, DVDs, Blu-rays

First Run Features is an independent film distribution company based in New York City. First Run was founded in 1979 by a group of filmmakers in order to advance the distribution of independent film. Today First Run is one of the largest theatrical and home video distributors in the United States, releasing 12 to 15 films a year in theatres nationwide and 50 to 60 videos and DVDs annually. First Run distributes a large number of documentaries in addition to foreign films, including many films about LGBT issues, Jewish experience, and political and human rights issues.

First Run is the American distributor for films by Monika Treut, Michael Sporn, and Radley Metzger, in addition to many others. Among the films First Run distributes in the US are the Up Series, For the Bible Tells Me So, A Jihad for Love, Alice, Moving Midway, and Save Me. Many of the films First Run Features has distributed have been endorsed by Human Rights Watch. First Run works in collaboration with HRW to bring films dealing with human rights issues to a wider audience. First Run also has a distribution partnership with the Global Film Initiative for the North American market, and distributes a number of GFI's Global Lens Series films in North America annually. First Run is also an American distributor for several Deutsche-Film Aktiengesellschaft titles. The DEFA titles First Run distributes include several East German Red Westerns, including The Sons of Great Bear, several science fiction titles, and dramas set in East Germany.

Notable films[edit]

Year Title
2015 Welcome to Leith[1]
2015 Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art[2]
2015 The Looking Glass[3]
2012 Pink Ribbons, Inc.[4]
2011 The Man Nobody Knew[5]
2010 The Most Dangerous Man in America
2009 Crude
2009 Ballerina
2009 Altiplano
2009 A Wink and a Smile
2008 Moving Midway
2008 A Jihad for Love
2008 Constantine's Sword
2008 Praying with Lior
2007 For the Bible Tells Me So
2007 Save Me
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
2003 Bonhoeffer
2002 The Butterfly
2001 The Fluffer
1999 Gendernauts
1999 After Stonewall
1995 Whitewash
1993 Speak Up! It's So Dark
1992 Utz
1991 The Architecture of Doom
1984 Before Stonewall
1975 A Boy and his Dog


  1. ^ Van Cott, Kaeli (July 22, 2015). "First Run Features Acquires Sundance Doc 'Welcome to Leith'". Indiewire. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rosen, Steven (September 30, 2015). "Land Art". Cincinnati City Beat. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Levine, Sydney (October 6, 2015). "John Hancock's 'The Looking Glass' is Coming to Theaters Via First Run Features". Indiewire. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (January 27, 2012). "NFB’s Drisdell discusses challenges of "Pink Ribbons" release". Reelscreen. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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.