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On election night 2020, progressive activist and political commentator Van Jones spoke boldly regarding Donald Trump’s victory, noting on CNN, “This was a whitelash against a changing country…against a Black president, and that’s the part where the pain comes.” Produced in association with Kartemquin Films, THE FIRST STEP intimately documents Jones as he faces a divided America (divided on politics, culture, and even what they think of Jones) to controversially work across party lines on 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 Van and a coalition of unlikely allies deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

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  • Runtime
    90 minutes
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  • Director
    Brandon Kramer
  • Producer
    Lance Kramer
  • Executive Producer
    David Arquette, Abigail Disney, Deon Taylor, Regina K. Scully, Christina McLarty Arquette, Roxanne Avent, Robert F. Smith, Brad Buhr, Bryanna Sapp, Daniel S. Loeb
  • Cast
    Van Jones, Louis L. Reed, Jessica Jackson
  • Cinematographer
    Emily Topper