Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Fits

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 71 minutes

The Fits

Expectations are high and the stakes are even higher for a four-time championship winning dance team on the West End of Cincinnati. Eleven-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower) is a quiet but hard-edged boxer who joins the squad helmed by haughty upper class captains. In the mix of her new friendships, Toni finds her individuality becoming blurred in a striking juxtaposition of the synchronized dances in which she rigorously immerses herself. When a captain collapses in an unexplainable convulsion, members of the entire team soon begin experiencing the same phenomena, one-by-one. Scrutiny about what the public has named “The Fits” envelops the school, while inside the walls the young women gossip and bond over what becomes a rite of passage. Rarely does the film move to the snappy rhythms of the routines, but rather to dissonant chords as uncomfortable and unnerving as navigating the social sphere of youth. Focusing on an age when we feel we have little control over ourselves, THE FITS is a stunning, rich depiction of the pressures of acceptance in the world of teenage girls. –N.D.

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Anna Rose Holmer

Anna Rose Holmer is a producer and director from New York. She studied cinematography at New York University and successfully pursued a career as a producer. She transitioned to the role of director in the 2010 documentary, "Twelve Ways to Sunday."

"Twelve Ways to Sunday" (2010), THE FITS (2015)

Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff

Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff

Paul Yee

Saela Davis

Principal Cast
Royalty Hightower, Makyla Burnam, Inayah Rodgers, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson, Antonio A.B. Grant, Jr.

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