About the Film
An award-winning feature-length documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair
Underwood, FIRST GENERATION tells the story of four high school students - an inner
city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of
migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to
their families and communities by pursuing a college education.
Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation’s top educational
experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit;
Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), this 95 minute documentary explores
the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and
how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
FIRST GENERATION is directed by Adam and Jaye Fenderson and sponsored in part by Lumina
Foundation for Education and GOAL 2025 whose mission is to increase the percentage
of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025. The film had
its world premiere at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival where it was nominated for
a Crystal Heart Award, won “Best Documentary” and “Best Soundtrack” at the 2012 Idyllwild
International Festival of Cinema, and won “Special Jury Award for Social Impact” at
the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival. FIRST GENERATION is also an official selection
of the San Diego Black Film Festival and The YES Film Festival held in Columbus, IN.