The First Believer

We are told all our lives that if you believe in yourself that is all that matters. But is it? What about the belief in others? Friends, family, lovers, coaches, mentors, etc. These are all examples of people that shape who we are. How do they shape the way our dreams manifest?

The First Believer explores this with three couples, two actors, and one story. What is it to believe in someone? Sometimes the greatest gift one can do is believe in someone else.

Director Statement

I really have a strong appreciation for the arts. I am a lifelong actor and filmmaker who would like to illustrate the stories of my upbringing and generation through my work.

I wanted to make a film that represented three different facets of the same theme. What is it to believe? To believe in someone knowingly, unwillingly, and unknowingly. You are told all your life that if you believe in yourself that is all that matters. But is it? What about the belief from others? Friends, family, lovers, coaches, mentors, etc are all examples of people that shape who we are.

So to create a narrative around this idea of someone else’s belief in another was an interesting subject matter. I have known my costar Murièle Solange Bolay for over 15 years. And when she told me she wanted to make a film called “The First Believer” that is all I needed. I think that this is the most important factor in anyone’s success. Having that one or several people who support you on your journey.

I hope that audiences can connect to the film on more than one level. Like in life there are phases we must complete in order to reach our final destination.