For The First Time
Christopher Aumen: Director
Chris Paradysz,: Co-Writer
Matt Stambaugh: Co-Writer
Chris Paradysz: Producer
Audrey Martells Key Cast
Dillon Strouse: Key Cast
Niles Bullock: Key Cast
Cole Bullock: Key Cast
Cody Meassick: Lead Guide
Ben John: Adventure Guides
Jacob Reisler: Adventure Guides
Andrew Baers: B-Roll Cinematographer, Asst Editor
Leslie Tran: Sound Engineer
Zach Campbell, Lead Editor
Nico Paradysz: Film Score
The For the first time story
Co-written and produced by documentary filmmakers, Chris Paradysz and Matt Stambaugh, For The First Time portrays an inspirational story of the power of water and the human connection to it. Using kayaks, canoes, a floatboat and turning a paddle into a simple tool, a group of five set out on a first-time adventure down the Susquehanna River. With no experience paddling, nor river rapids, hidden rocks and crags, or such remote locations, each in the group subtly transforms their own life, in their own way.
With each stroke, this brilliantly talented artistic family of four, unaccustomed to such rural and raw beauty, and a highly intelligent,beautiful young man, burdened with paralysis and spastic cerebral palsy, each moment of self discovery creates unexpected moments of purpose, truth and clarity. Shot over two days, Matt, Chris and Director, Christopher Aumen, collaborate to develop the stories, not told by a narrator, but by the visuals and five-sense experiences created by the eight-hour adventure.
With first-line credits performing as a public speaker, or in well-known bands, as well as with their own musicians, plus acting in TV, commercial and films, each of the actors brought their own wanderlust allowing the audience, and crew, into their lives and powerful psyche.
Matt Stambaugh and Christopher Aumen, filmmakers both, and many times partnering up for various film and commercial work, collaborated closely with Chris Paradysz, producer and passionate supporter of film, artistry and musical endeavors. Each bringing their entrepreneurial spirit and artistic breadth to this film, and others, they’ve captured the powerful emotions created by nature and carefully set them amongst human stories in exquisite renderings.
Currently working on a new documentary, A Second Chance, they explore a woman’s explosive, yet transformative choices, again using adventure and exploration as metaphor and antagonist. This time, climbing a hundred-foot rock, stirs emotions unlike the protagonist, Nicky Tamberrino, has ever experienced. As Chris states, “there’s nothing quite as motivating and powerful as knowing your spirit and ability will overcome fear despite its ability to wreak havoc.”
Born in London England, and raising a family of four, with two teenage boy artists, Audrey herself has to further her own career in music, TV, film and on
stage. As both a playwright and actor, too, she brings her passion to everything she does, including this film. She plunged into one of the lead roles, completely unfamiliar with the role and what was needed, but discovered new physical and emotional skills for her own needs, but as a mother to her sons. Fly fishing on the second day, she learned the nuances of a difficult sport and brought her typical verve and fascination along with an occasional side-eye to keep her brood in line . Audrey studied at William Paterson College. Studied with HB Studios with instructors Austin Pendelton, Arthur French, Rasa Kazlas.
Theater Credits include The Lady (U.S) Scottsboro Boys Directed by Susan Stroman. Film Credits include Blue Bloods, Chicago- Miramax Motion Picture, Save The Last Dance, Shanghai Calling, Back For Good, All My Children, Guiding Light, All My Children Accomplished songwriter for George Benson and Randy Crawford, Toured with Joan Osborne, Steely Dan background vocalist. Recorded with Whitney Houston, Brandy, Michael McDonald, Britney Spears, Celine Dion among many others.