Step: Lipitz’s Inspirational Docu (Sundance 2017)

Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide distribution and remake rights to Amanda Lipitz’s documentary Step, after its premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Fest.

The movie, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat, chronicles the senior year of girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Each student is trying to become the first in their families to attend college and striving to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

Step will be released later this year.

The film was made by Stick Figure, Impact Partners, Vulcan, and Scott Rudin production.

It is produced by Lipitz, who also directed, and Steven Cantor. Exec producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Jenny Raskin, Rudin, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Micheal Flaherty, Valerie McGowan, Barbara Dobkin, Regina K. Scully, Debra McLeod, Jay Sears, Ann Tisch, and Andrew Tisch.

“This film was made as a tribute to the bravery and conviction of the young women in the film and to the courage they demonstrated in their willingness to share their story,” Lipitz said.
“We are thrilled to partner with Fox Searchlight on the release of the film throughout the world and are very grateful for their enthusiasm and passion. We hope that the heroes of STEP will inspire girls everywhere to do what they have done, which is to prove that nothing is impossible when you surround yourself with a group of powerful women.”