Strand picks up 'Toe to Toe'

Emily Abt's film played Sundance this year

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CANNES -- Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emily Abt's "Toe to Toe," which played the Sundance Film Festival this year.

An early 2010 domestic release is planned.

The film, focusing on the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse mates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C., prep school, was produced by Abt for Pureland Pictures and Susan Leber of Suzie Q Productions.

The deal was negotiated by Strand's Jon Gerrans and William Morris Independent's Rena Ronson. Apt is repped by WMA.