Koch Lorber Grabs Hold of Lady Wrestling Doc “Lipstick & Dynamite”
by Wendy Mitchell
Koch Lorber Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights (excluding pay television rights) to Ruth Leitman‘s documentary “Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling.” Leitman’s doc had its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs and then had its U.S. premiere at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Koch Lorber plans a theatrical release in fall 2004 or early 2005. In a statement, Koch Lorber president Richard Lorber said, “Everyone at Koch Lorber is exhilarated about ‘Lipstick & Dynamite,’ a film that is as provocative as it is hugely entertaining. Ruth Leitman has made a film that celebrates the lives of extraordinary women in a male-dominated sport that will surely appeal to audiences of every persuasion.”
The film is about the first female professional wrestlers, including Gladys “Killem” Gillem, Penny Banner, The Fabulous Moolah, The Great Mae Young and many others who first found fame in the 1940s and 1950s. Chicago-based Leitman, who directed, produced, and edited the film, previously made documentaries including “Alma” and “Wildwood, New Jersey.” She recently completed a fictional script, “The Pin-Down Girl,” which is a girl wrestling story set in the 1950s. Debbie Nightingale also produced “Lipstick & Dynamite” with Lydia Dean Pilcher and James Jernigan executive producing and Anne Hubbell co-producing.
Koch Lorber’s Tim Hinsley, VP of acquisitions and development, negotiated the deal with Ronna Wallace of Eastgate Pictures, who represents Leitman and the producers.