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The Independent Critic

Steve Summers
7 Mins.


 "First Time" Playing Indy Film Fest 

A meditation on VHS tapes, time machines and the act of losing one's virginity, this 7-minute short from director Steve Summers is screening in competition among the American Spectrum shorts at the 2016 Indy Film Fest at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

As noted, the film is indeed quite meditative, a sort of reframing of history and perspective and, of course, losing one's virginity. Even at a mere seven minutes in running time, First Time was a tad wearing on the psyche' with interesting visuals that led both the entertainment value and emotional heft of the majority of films in American spectrum this year. I had to chuckle as I read the description of the film on Indy Film Fest's website, a description with two typos that seemed to reflect my general feeling about the film - it's a decent idea but doesn't quite feel complete and, in the end, falls short of its mark.

Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic