By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire May 24, 2011 at 5:15AM
As part of its indie film series, Maya Entertainment, a distributor that caters to Latino and multicultural audiences, has acquired the Sundance US Dramatic title "Benavides Born" for US theatrical release. The film, recut after its Sundance debut, will be released under the title "All She Can." The film chronicles a young girls attempts to outgrow her small South Texas town by becoming a powerlifting champ. Maya Entertainment will release the film this summer.
Full release follows.
MAYA ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES ALL SHE CAN
Sundance Drama Benavides Born Will See Theatrical Release as Part of Maya Indie Film Series
LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2011) – Maya Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to All She Can, which premiered as part of the Sundance 2011 U.S. Dramatic Competition line-up as the previously titled Benavides Born. The film earned its director, Amy Wendel, the L’Oreal Paris Women of Vision Award during Sundance. A new cut of the film, written by Wendel and Daniel Meisel, will have a theatrical release in July as part of the Maya Independent Film Series, a celebration of the best of U.S. and foreign Latino-themed cinema that will tour major markets this Summer.
In a small south Texas town, there aren’t many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military, or fast-food restaurants. Fiery high schooler Luz Garcia, (played by Deadline.com “2011 Actresses to Watch” Corina Calderon), wants something different after graduation and has earned admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can’t afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the state powerlifting championship, and she’ll do anything she can to ensure victory. Although Luz’s rashness and passion land her in increasingly hotter water, they also ultimately empower her to overcome the fears standing in her way.
The film also stars Jeremy Ray Valdez (La Mission, The Obama Effect), Joseph Julian Soria (Fast & Furious, Hamlet 2), and Julio Cedillo (Cowboys & Aliens, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada).
“We’re happy to be the home for this beautiful film that centers on perseverance, self-confidence and empowerment for young women," said Tonantzin Esparza, Director of Acquisitions for Maya Entertainment. “It’s a universal message with broad appeal, yet also speaks directly to the power of the American Latina.”
All She Can was produced by Daniel Meisel and Susan Kirr, and is presented by the Meisel/Wendel production shingle Kapok Pictures. The deal was negotiated by Andrew Herwitz and Andrea Cannistraci of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP on behalf of the producers and Tonantzin Esparza on behalf of Maya.