Pay-TV network HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to autism-focused documentary How to Dance in Ohio (pictured), which will have its world premiere at Sundance later this month.
The rites of passage film, directed by Alexandra Shiva (Stagedoor, Bombay Eunuch), follows a group of young people in Columbus, Ohio, with an array of developmental challenges as they prepare for their spring formal dances.
The film will have its world premiere on January 25 in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition, and will have its U.S. TV debut on HBO later this year.
“A domestic broadcast on HBO will ensure that this film reaches the widest possible audience throughout the country,” said Shiva in a statement. “This is a film not only for the many whose lives are touched in some way by autism, but also for anyone who can relate to the fraught experience of growing up and trying to understand adulthood.”
The deal was negotiated with HBO by Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company, on behalf of the filmmaker. Jason Blum of Blumhouse is the film’s exec producer.