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First Time Fest is more than an awards show. Filmmakers and attendees had a chance to learn how to get on and off the "hot-seat", be exposed by a critical eye, and hear experienced professionals discuss their work in an open and forthcoming way. All of this and more, over four days and nights, made the first week in March in New York an exciting time of the year for film enthusiasts.

The list of distinguished filmmakers who showed up for the First Exposure series to present their first films and do Q&As was impressive. Sofia Coppola, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barbara Kopple, Todd Solondz, were among them. John Huston's first film, The Maltese Falcon, was introduced by William Luhr, author of The Maltese Falcon: John Huston, Director. Darren Aronofsky not only presented his first film Pi, Martin Scorsese presented him with the John Huston Award for Achievement in. »

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