Elena Sheppard
April 27, 2016 10:03 am
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There are so many reasons we’re excited about first-time director Anna Rose Holmer’s film The Fits. The film, which takes place in a Cincinnati recreation center, focuses on the story of 11-year-old tomboy Toni (played by Royalty Hightower) who turns her attention from boxing to joining the rec center’s dance squad the Lionesses. The transition is not so easy though, and soon after Toni joins the team, members begin to be afflicted by tics, or fits, that sweep the squad.

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The storyline about mass hysteria is intriguing, but what sets this film ablaze for us is how rich it is in girl power, not just in front of the camera, but behind it as well — woman director, woman writers, woman producers. Right on.

The first trailer, premiering here, gives a look into the film’s powerful story, gorgeous visuals, and pervasive anxiety. It also gives glimpse to a portrait of female adolescence far too rarely seen on film — the adolescence of black female tweens and teens.

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In addition to a first-time director, the cast also features first-time actors, many of them members of the Q Kidz dance team, who star here as members of the Lionesses. Check out the trailer below.

The Fits, which was a festival favorite, opens in New York on June 3 and will open nationwide in the weeks thereafter.