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FilmRise picks up Jessie Auritt’s “Supergirl”

New York-based distributor FilmRise has taken the worldwide distribution rights to Jessie Auritt‘s Supergirl. The coming-of-age doc (pictured) explores the life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, who, at the age ...
January 23, 2017

New York-based distributor FilmRise has taken the worldwide distribution rights to Jessie Auritt‘s Supergirl.

The coming-of-age doc (pictured) explores the life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, who, at the age of nine, broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon.

Supergirl chronicles Kutin’s battle to retain her title while she navigates the challenges of adolescence, from religious obligations to cyber-bullying and health issues.

The film made its world premiere last fall at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and is slated to make its broadcast debut on the forthcoming season of PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens.’

The deal was negotiated by FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and Max Einhorn, VP of acquisitions, with Preferred Content’s Daniel Hyman.

“We are thrilled to help bring this unique coming-of-age story to a wider audience,” said Fisher in a statement. “Jessie Auritt has found a truly original subject in Naomi Kutin and has brought a distinct directorial vision to the project.”

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