The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 83 minutes
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to college, despite the barriers their home lives and community might present. Now, as the first class enters its senior year, the stakes are high to achieve that purpose. The film follows three irrepressible seniors and their "Lethal Ladies" step dance team as they navigate a nerve-wracking college application process and strive to elevate the creative outlet that keeps them united and fighting to reach their goals. STEP hones in on the trials and triumphs of these tenacious young women, as well as their relationships with the women who champion and challenge them: their mothers are never far, doing all they can to enable achievement, often with the odds stacked against them. This founding class is wrestling with life at the brink of their independence, always to a contagious beat that is haunting and universal. – Sundance Film Festival
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 1:25 PM
THE SPORTS SECTION
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Recommended for High School Students +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Amanda Lupitz is a Tony Award-winning producer whose Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Performers, A View From the Bridge, and The Humans. She was also executive producer and creator for MTV's Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. Lipitz received a B.F.A. in Theater from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is now on the Broad of Trustees at the university. STEP is her feature directorial debut.
Steven Cantor, Amanda Lipitz