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This program include seven (7) short films! Please click through the films on the right to see details about each one.

* CLICK HERE for our recorded Q&A with Neil Butler (HERZOG & MORRIS), Geoff Hecht (METRO6), Erin Brown Thomas (BUT FIRST...), and Eddie Shieh (IN SYNC)


Coffee literally changes the way we see, think, and interact with other people. BUT FIRST is our way of exploring this through two of our favorite mediums, film and dance.

Director's Bio:

Erin Brown Thomas has directed over a dozen award-winning films which have screened in 92 festivals worldwide, including 14 Oscar Qualifying events. Most recently, BUT FIRST... placed her as an Artist in Residence at Palm Springs International ShortFest. Erin’s screenplays have advanced at Sundance New Voices, the Academy’s Nichol Fellowship, Austin Film Fest, and Blue Cat Screenplay competition. Erin is currently in pre-production for her lauded original screenplay ITALY ’99. When not on set, Erin dangles from the air as an aerial acrobat.

  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Oregon Premiere
  • Rating
    "G" equivalent
  • Director
    Erin Brown Thomas
  • Screenwriter
    Erin Brown Thomas, Mike Esperanza
  • Producer
    Lindsay Gauthier, Christy Bolingbroke
  • Executive Producer
    Dance Film San Francisco, National Center for Choreography at Akron University
  • Co-Producer
    Dave Hayworth
  • Cast
    Sarah Housepian, Erin Nicole Love, Tiffanie Carson
  • Cinematographer
    Tyler Clark
  • Editor
    Erin Brown Thomas
  • Production Design
    Inda Blatch-Geib
  • Sound Design
    Mike Esperanza, Erin Brown Thomas
  • Music
    Mike Esperanza