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Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Former Exec Susan Glatzer’s Joyous Documentary ‘Alive and Kicking’

Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Former Exec Susan Glatzer's Joyous Documentary 'Alive and Kicking'

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Susan Glatzer’s SXSW documentary premiere “Alive and Kicking.” The film aims to give its audience a unique, fun and very kicky insider’s look at the culture of swing dance, with Glatzer focusing on some of the people who have been inspired to revamp their lives through the swing circuit. 

Previous to her directing career, Glatzer was a film executive at major studios and independent film companies. From being an executive at the October Films – once the indie arm of Universal – to rising to become the Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures, she has been involved with the acquisition or production of dozens of films like “Traffic,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Breaking the Waves.” Glatzer’s bonds with other directors have always been strong and, in her earlier career, she worked with filmmakers like Robert Altman, Albert Brooks, Mike Leigh, Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Moore and David Lynch.

READ MORE: SXSW 2016: Exec Turned Filmmaker Susan Glatzer Explains Why ‘Alive and Kicking’ is a Different Type of Dance Doc

At SXSW, Glatzer told Indiewire of her leap to the director’s chair, “I never even expected I’d direct this movie. I had the idea for it, I thought I’d produce it. A good friend of mine, an Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker, was who I was going to get to direct it. I took her to some events, she loved it, but she was working on a project and wanted to wait two months…After awhile it became clear her schedule wasn’t going to clear for quite some time and I had started. I kind of got pregnant with it. I was enjoying it, but I realized there were some things I wanted to say beyond capturing the swing community and it gave me an outlet to make statements about certain things in life that I wanted to say.”

Of the news, Glatzer said, “I am thrilled to be working with Eamonn, Jason and their teams and am excited that more and more people will be able to experience the joys of the swing dance world.”

Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures, added, “What a fun and amazing debut film from Susan – someone I’ve known and respected for a long time. We can’t wait for audiences to experience this one for themselves.”

There’s no word yet on when the film will dance into theaters. 

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