Discovery+ continues to ramp up its documentary slate with the acquisition of Introducing, Selma Blair, financed and produced by LD Entertainment, ahead of the film’s premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
Directed by Rachel Fleit and set to air on the non-fiction streaming service later this year, the film is a raw and intimate look at a year in the life of acclaimed actress Selma Blair, after she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
The film will see Blair battle with the autoimmune disease as she grapples with challenges such as dissecting myths about beauty, fear around disability and mortality, as well as the struggle for self-acceptance.
LD’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon produced the film with Troy Nankin. Cass Bird is an executive producer. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Selma is a force. An actress, mother and now disability advocate. Her brave fight against MS and her openness to share her deeply personal story through tears and laughter makes it a tale of tremendous perseverance and one we all need right now,” Igal Svet, VP of documentaries at Discovery+, said in a statement. “We have made it our goal to support new voices, and Rachel’s stunning debut is a terrific representation of everything we look to showcase on Discovery+.”