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First Date

German Premiere
Manuel Crosby
Darren Knapp
Release Year
United States of America
Original Title
First Date
Film Type
Full Feature
  • Comedy
  • Thriller

Brandon Klaus
Lucky McKee
Charles Horak

Manuel Crosby, Darren Knapp
  • German Premiere
  • Running Time
    103 Min.
    Shy highschooler Mike finally summons the courage to ask out his badass neighbor Kelsey, only to realize he’s missing a key element for a successful date - the car. Panicked and low on cash, he’s conned into buying a beat up ‘65 Chrysler. Mike's plan to win over Kelsey soon turns into a surreal misadventure when they are inexplicably targeted by a pair of cops, a criminal gang, and a vengeful cat lady. A night fueled by desire, bullets, and burning rubber makes any other first date seem like a walk in the park. In this perfectly executed throwback thrill ride, directing duo Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp deftly weave together elements of dark comedy, teen romance, shoot 'em up action and classic coming-of-age story, creating a truly entertaining ride that never misses a beat. This refreshing mix of tones, coupled with a break-out performance from Tyson Brown as Mike, make FIRST DATE a truly outstanding first feature.


    Tyson Brown (Mike), Joe Barnett, Andrew Hobgood, Randy Nundlall Jr., Ian Robertson, Andrew Smetek



    Growing up in Valley Springs, California, Manuel Crosby discovered filmmaking around age twelve and has since written, directed, shot, edited, and produced numerous projects, including the short western film DEAD MAN'S LOCKET (2017) and the thrillers PRECAUTION (2014) and BROADCAST (2012). While volunteering at Calaveras County Public Access TV during college summer vacation, he became friends with Darren Knapp. The two have been making movies with mutual friends ever since. He currently resides in Northern California. Darren Knapp is an independent filmmaker of 22 years. He has made several short films with credits including Cinematography, Editing, Writing, Directing and Producing. Over the years he has collaborated with his sister and some of his long-time friends as well as musician/composer James Luckett. Among his films are SWITCHES (2002) LIVING BY THE GUN (2013) THE MISSING (2014), BROADCAST(2012), PRECAUTION (2014) and DEAD MAN’S LOCKET (2017).