First Match

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father. 

Olivia Newman Olivia Newman

Olivia Newman is an award-winning writer/director whose films have screened at festivals internationally, including the New York Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, and the Vancouver International... more»

Bryan Unkeless Bryan Unkeless

Bryan Unkeless is the principal at Clubhouse Pictures. He is best known for co-producing the Hunger Games franchise. He’s an alum of Duke University.

Chanelle Elaine Chanelle Elaine

Chanelle Elaine is a creative and social impact producer in New York City. She field produced MTV’s premiere episode “Native America” from the docu-series Rebel Music. With over... more»

Veronica Nickel Veronica Nickel

Veronica Nickel is an independent producer based in New York. In 2015 she wrapped production on her fourth feature film, a prison drama entitled Heartlock. Her third feature film, Stand Clear of the... more»

Additional Credits

Brian Unkeless (Producer)

Based on months of research and interviews with dozens of wrestlers, coaches and parents, FIRST MATCH will be the first feature film to spotlight the little known community of urban, coed high school wrestling.

Genre: Scripted, Sports Drama, Coming-of-Age