First Generation, made possible in part by Lumina Foundation and Goal 2025, is gaining momentum as an official selection at film festivals around the country including Heartland, Idyllwild, the San Diego Black Film Festival and the 2011 Inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival. See the response of attendees at Napa Valley.


First Generation is a feature documentary that chronicles the lives of four high-achieving, low-income high school students as they strive to be first in their families to go to college.

Interview with the filmmakers

A filmmaker interview with Adam and Jaye Fenderson, the producer/director duo of First Generation.

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4 Responses to First Generation Film makes its California premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival

  1. Laura says:

    I loved this clip and hope to see the whole film soon! Each of the students interviewed in this clip said they have no one to ask questions of as they went through the process. I write a blog and published several books to help learners of all ages think through the steps to get into college, choose a school and major, and make wise financial decision along the way. These works are a labor of love for me. I’d be happy to send free copies to anyone on this blog who works with first generation kids. or

  2. matthew says:

    Anna, to book a screening, send an inquiry to:

  3. Buen día amigos, my name is Richard Sánchez, I work with Migrant students in the state of Kentucky and promote the work audio/visual work of anyone thru the wordpress website I created. I saw the documentary you made, and I relly liked it, and would like to create one for kentucky based on the one you made. And that is the reason I am contacting you to see if you could guide me thru this. I have never wrote a script, but i will try my best in order to make a powerfull video that can make the audience identify with the students I will include in it and make them believe that everything is possible, no matter what they want, but how much they want it. Please help. Richard Sánchez