First Time Here (1964)
B&W, SOUND, 22 MIN.
FIRST TIME HERE is not realistic; neither is it purely illusory.
It is a fantasy which alienates itself from the "real" world and takes us on a journey through the glitter-cardboard prop world of a carnival exhibit which shows "effects" of an atomic bomb on a mock city. Through particular details we see an organic and continuous chain of events which lead to an actual atomic blast. Through many generalized images the main theme of renewal is stated, FIRST TIME HERE is a celebration of the "mess" we have gotten ourselves into.
"Major discovery of the Ann Arbor Film Festival ...." - Pauline Kael
"Richard Myers shows extraordinary talent as a creative filmmaker. CORONATION is brilliantly executed; a psychological fantasy worthy of the highest praise. FIRST TIME HERE is both fascinating and deeply disturbing." - W.S. Doan, Director, Film Center, Hull House, Chicago