New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary From Hollywood Heavyweights Screening for Buyers (Exclusive)

RBG-Geralyn Dreyfous, Sandra Lee and Freida Lee Mock
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(l-to-r) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Geralyn Dreyfous, Sandra Lee and Freida Lee Mock

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Sept. 18 no one was more surprised than the team behind Ruth, a documentary feature about the longtime U.S. Supreme Court justice which had only recently been completed and, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, is now screening virtually for potential buyers with the aim of striking a deal that would have it released prior to the U.S. presidential election in November.

The film, which comes on the heels of the 2019 Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary feature RBG, was cowritten (with Mike Aguilar) and directed by 1995 Oscar winner Freida Lee Mock, and counts a variety of industry heavyweights among its executive producers — among them 2020 Primetime Emmy nominee Geralyn Dreyfous; 2012 Daytime Emmy winner Sandra Lee; philanthropist and two-time Primetime Emmy nominee Regina K. Scully; activist and philanthropist Barbara DobkinDanielle Summer Mark; and Cara Kennedy Cuomo, one of New York governor Andrew Cuomo's daughters.

A work-in-progress version of the film was screened at the 2019 AFI DOCS fest.

What distinguishes Ruth from RBG and other films about the late justice is the multi-faceted way in which it recounts the story of the woman who became a trailblazing litigator for the ACLU's Women's Rights Project; a professor; an appellate judge; and a only the second woman ever to serve as a justice on America's highest court. It blends archival footage, evocative animation and illustrations against the backdrop of an original score by Grammy-winning composer Lili Haydn of the band Opium Moon (which won best new age album in 2019).

"I especially hope that the younger generation, through the film, will understand how much the U.S. Supreme Court, through its legal  rulings, can affect their intimate daily lives and will appreciate the importance of being attentive to legal issues as citizens and voters," Mock tells THR. Adds Lee, "Justice Ginsburg forged a path for all women and will always be the gold standard we must strive to emulate."