36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

The First Step

First Step FINAL

In a divided America, Van Jones controversially works across party lines for landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes Jones deep into the inner workings of the Trump administration, from internal debates within both parties to the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities. This timely and intimate documentary examines the various issues that divide the country, as well as the people striving to make this country better. Introduction by Chandler Ferrebee (VAFF), discussion with filmmakers Brandon and Lance Kramer and criminal justice reformer Louis Reed

Presented by United Way of Greater Charlottesville

Supported by CBS19 News


Sunday, October 31


2:00 PM


Culbreth Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Brandon Kramer

Runtime: 89 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2021

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Van Jones