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First Position

First PositionThree-quarters of the success of any documentary about any competition, whether in spelling, cooking, or (as in this case) dance, depends on the filmmaker...First PositionDocumentaryThree-quarters of the success of any documentary about any competition, whether in spelling, cooking, or (as in this case) dance, depends on the filmmaker...2012-05-04Sundance Selects
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First Position

Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Sundance Selects

Three-quarters of the success of any documentary about any competition, whether in spelling, cooking, or (as in this case) dance, depends on the filmmaker’s luck in finding individual competitors with personal charisma matched by a great backstory. In this, director Bess Kargman was blessed in her first film, compensating for the movie’s very standard structure. Each of her six young subjects vying for the Youth America Grand Prix (and the priceless award of a full scholarship to a top ballet school) is a wonder of self-imposed discipline in service to art. (Also available on VOD) B+

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