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Magnolia Pictures picks up “Ballet 422″

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Ballet 422 (pictured), a fly-on-the-wall doc which ventures inside the New York City Ballet.
May 14, 2014

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Ballet 422 (pictured), a fly-on-the-wall doc which ventures inside the New York City Ballet.

The film, from director Jody Lee Lipes (NY Export: Opus Jazz, HBO’s Girls), had its world premiere last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. It shadows rising ballet star Justin Peck, a 25-year old choreographer, as he attempts to create the New York City Ballet’s 422nd original piece, while simultaneously fulfilling his role as dancer.

The film was produced by Ellen Bar and Anna Rose Holmer.

“The very talented Jody Lee Lipes has pulled off the impressive feat of crafting a film that will be treasured by fans of the ballet, and that also transcends its subject matter to be a powerful testament to hard work and devotion to craft,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Anyone that cares about the arts will find this film fascinating and moving.”

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley and director of acquisitions John Von Thaden, with the Film Sales Company’s president Andrew Herwitz acting on behalf of the filmmakers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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