August 4, 2017
How a 'Musical Doc' Became One of Sundance’s Biggest Acquisitions
Amanda Lipitz, director ‘Step,’ shot 400+ hours of footage. Here’s how she did it.
There’s no razzle-dazzle, no fireworks, no mega screens. It’s only high school girls in jeans and T-shirts, stomping and clapping. And yet, the performance on stage is one of the most captivating that you’re likely to see. The work of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women’s step dance team is so powerful, in fact, that a documentary film about it had members of the cultural elite at Sundance 2017 on their feet, landing a multi-million dollar deal for distribution and remake rights from Fox Searchlight.