First Man
July 2nd, 2022

First Man

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle as we screen six films in space. First up is Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning (Best Achievement in Visual Effects) film First Man [2018].

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Venue Information:

Downtown Central Library Auditorium
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
(Enter from Clinton Street between Oak and Washington Streets)
716-858-8900 •
COVID protocol will be followed.

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On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner (Love, Simon) and Chazelle. Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.


  • Venice Film Festival – 2018
  • Telluride Film Festival – 2018
  • Toronto International Film Festival – 2018
  • Academy Awards – 2019 – Nominee: Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
  • Academy Awards – 2019 – Winner: Best Visual Effects
  • Golden Globes (USA) – 2019 – Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
  • Golden Globes (USA) – 2019 – Winner: Best Original Score

“There’s sometimes this fallacy in movies that you have to understand what people are doing. If people are at work, you have actually spell out to the audience what they’re doing. In [David Fincher]’s mind—and I agree with this—that actually doesn’t matter at all.”

An American film director, producer, and screenwriter known for his films Whiplash (2014), La La Land (2016), and First Man (2018). Chazelle’s breakout Whiplash began as a proof-of-concept short film, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and eventually attracted attention from financiers who helped to finance the full-length version. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as the opening film where it won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic and went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning three with Chazelle himself nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Soon after, he was finally able to make his dream project, La La Land, which was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, winning six including Best Director, making him the youngest person to win the award at age 32. His films have received critical and commercial success. Aside from filmmaking, Chazelle has ventured into television with “The Eddy”, an eight-episode Netflix miniseries set in Paris. Chazelle’s next film, Babylon, is set in 1920s Hollywood and will be given a limited release by Paramount Pictures on December 25, 2022, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2023.


  • Babylon (2022)
  • First Man (2018)
  • La La Land (2016)
  • Whiplash (2014)
  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

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