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US Briefs: FilmRise acquires Slamdance entry 'Supergirl'

Jessie Auritt’s film screens on Saturday in Park City and explores the life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen who broke powerlifting world records at the age of nine.

As Kutin becomes an adolescent she fights to hold on to her title while navigating religious issues, cyber-bullying and health issues.

The coming-of-age documentary received its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival and will get its broadcast debut on the upcoming season of PBS’s Independent Lens. Preferred Content represented the filmmakers in the deal.

  • Figures released on Friday by the National Association Of Theatre Owners reveal that the average price of a US theatre ticket in 2016 reached $8.65, marking a 2.65% rise on 2015. Annual admissions hit 1.314bn, down 0.45% on 2015.
  • Cohen Media Group has picked up all US rights to Winston Churchill drama Churchill starring Brian Cox following a deal with Embankment’s Tim Haslam. CMG plans a theatrical release to coincide with the anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings.

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