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.