A narrative feature based on the two subjects of Liz Garbus’ 2003 documentary “Girlhood,” young female inmates Shanae Watkins and Megan Stahl, is in the works. The project, titled “Hood Girls,” will be written and directed by Miriam Kruishoop (“Greencard Warriors”) and produced by Atlantic Screen Productions.
The film will center on two prisoners serving time at Waxter, a Maryland juvenile detention center, after committing violent crimes. (Watkins stabbed a girl to death in a street fight.) The pair form a strong friendship and, under the guidance and treatment of a dedicated psychotherapist, endeavor to change their lives and strive for a brighter future. “Hood Girls” will cover a considerably longer span of Watkins and Stahl’s lives than “Girlhood” did.
“Miriam has proven to have an incredibly strong voice when it comes to tackling tough, timely and complex stories that often take place in urban settings but resonate far and wide,” said Atlantic Screen Productions CEO Simon Fawcett. “I’m excited and honored that Atlantic Screen Productions embraced this extraordinary true tale and understands the urgency of making this film now. Shanae and Megan are both magnetic characters, and their story is as relevant as it is inspiring. Against all odds, they have become responsible citizens who give back to their communities.”
“Girlhood” made its U.S. premiere at SXSW 2003, where it won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature. Garbus most recently directed “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a Netflix doc about the life and music of Nina Simone.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]