Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Ballet 422,” the documentary by cinematographer and director Jody Lee Lipes, which recently had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film follows Justin Peck, a 25-year old choreographer, as he creates New York City Ballet’s 422nd original piece while simultaneously dancing with the Company. 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.”
Lipes, who is known for his work as a cinematographer on “Girls,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Tiny Furniture,” has previously directed “NY Export: Opus Jazz” as well as episodes of “Girls.” He is currently working on Judd Apatow’s upcoming feature “Trainwreck.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions John Von Thaden with the Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz on behalf of the filmmakers.