Misty Copeland Ballet Documentary Goes to Sundance Selects

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'A Ballerina's Tale'

The film follows the first African-American to become a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Nelson George’s A Ballerina’s Tale, a documentary about dancer Misty Copeland, who last month became the first African-American to become a principal dancer at New York City’s American Ballet Theatre. It will be released in theaters and on VOD on Oct. 14.

The film, which had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, follows Copeland as she dances the lead in Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird, suffers an injury and goes through the recovery process.

It was produced by Leslie Norville and executive produced by Dorria L. Ball, Ingrid Graham and Copeland.

“George has crafted an inspiring documentary to befit the elegance, power and will of his subject,” Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.