The First Wave will screen in person on Thursday, November 18 as the festival’s closing night presentation. The film will also be available to screen online November 19-28.

NYC PREMIERE When Covid-19 hit New York City in 2020, filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land; City of Ghosts) gained unique access to one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems. The resulting film focuses on the doctors, nurses, and patients on the frontlines during the “first wave” from March to June 2020. Their distinct storylines each serve as a microcosm to understand how the city persevered through the worst pandemic in a century. -Thom Powers

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matthew Heineman and frontline workers featured in the film.

Thanks to generous support from Northwell Health and National Geographic Documentary Films a limited number of tickets for the Closing Night screening of THE FIRST WAVE are available to the public for free by RSVPING here.

This film contains the following accessibility options for viewers:
Closed Captioning is available for online screenings. 

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Director: Matthew Heineman
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington, Maiken Baird, Alex Gibney, Leah Thomas, David Fialkow, Pagan Harleman, Joedan Okun
Producer: Producers: Matthew Heineman, Jenna Millman, Leslie Norville
Cinematographer: Ross McDonnell, Thorsten Thielow, Brian Dawson, Matthew Heineman, Alex Pritz
Editor: Francisco Bello ACE, Matthew Heineman, Gabriel Rhodes, David Zieff
Music: H. Scott Salinas, Jon Batiste
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Publicist: National Geographic
US Distributor: Neon