Centennial, Colo., April 30, 2013 – Every two years, the most talented athletes from around the world prepare to follow their dreams and take their place in history at the Olympic Games. The only film about the London 2012 Olympic Games supported by the International Olympic Committee, "FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games," follows John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center and 11 other first-time Olympic athletes on their journey from their homes in different corners of the globe to meet their fate in London.
Presented by NCM Fathom Events, New Moon and the United States Olympic Committee, this exclusive one-night event in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. local time, features the uplifting stories of 12 young athletes. In addition to Orozco, the event includes personal interviews with U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, U.S. boxer Queen Underwood and Australian BMX rider Caroline Buchanan where they discuss how the Olympic Games has changed their lives forever.
Tickets for "FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. For a complete listing of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
Directed by Caroline Rowland, this documentary gives audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the greatest moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The IOC granted Rowland the rights to film the documentary of the London 2012 Olympic Games – seven years after producing the acclaimed films for London’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2005. In the six weeks she spent with the athletes leading up to the London Games, Rowland filmed 60 hours of footage featuring the athletes, their families, coaches and friends and had unique access to film hundreds of hours of coverage of the events at London 2012.
Scored by Sacha Puttnam and with a stunning contemporary soundtrack, "FIRST" captures the London Olympic Games as a recollection, evoking the emotion and magic experienced at the Olympic Games by the following athletes:
Missy Franklin – USA – Women’s Swimming
John Orozco – USA – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Queen Underwood – USA – Women’s Boxing Lightweight
Caroline Buchanan – Australia – Women’s BMX
Chad le Clos – South Africa – Men’s Swimming
David Rudisha – Kenya – Men’s Athletics 800m
Katie Taylor – Ireland – Women’s Boxing Lightweight
Laura Trott – Great Britain – Women’s Track Cycling
Christophe Lemaitre – France –Men’s Athletics 200m
Majlinda Kelmendi – Albania – Women’s Judo
Heena Sidhu – India – Women’s Shooting 10m Air Pistol
Qiu Bo – China – Men’s Diving 10m Platform
"’FIRST’ is a sports documentary with soul that follows these extraordinary athletes as they meet their fate in the swimming pool, boxing ring, gym and on the track," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "This exclusive in-theater event features stunning sports imagery from inside the London Olympic Park that will give audiences a new perspective on the dreams and determination that lead these athletes to the greatest sporting event in the world."