First Winter is about a group of Brooklynites stranded in a remote country farmhouse after a massive collapse of infrastructure. Without electricity, cell phone reception, or running water, they must survive the harsh northeastern winter with nothing to rely on but their wits, a couple of old books, and each other.
The structural skeleton of First Winter is the procedural aspects of survival: chopping firewood, melting snow for water, hunting for food, etc; but the movie at core is really a spiritual exploration. As the distractions of modern of life are replaced by the routine simplicity of living off the land, the friends gradually evolve out of their neurotic fixations into a more quiet, contemplative state of being (of course, not all of them make it).
Ben Dickinson's feature debut, First Winter is currently available on select VOD outlets.