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Cinipix acquires U.S. rights on 'Long Shot' documentary

Cinipix is developing an inspirational feature based on the story of basketball player Kevin Laue, who became the first one-armed player in the history of college basketball.

The company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Franklin Martin’s documentary, “Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story” and will release the film theatrically this fall.

The feature film will be produced by Cinipix with Martin’s Dutchmen Films and Billy Raftery. The film will be directed by Martin and exec produced by Julian McMahon, Charles Loventhal and Dain Blair.

The deal is the first film acquisition for Cinipix since the infusion of capital in March from Wall Street financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman.

Laue began playing Division I basketball for Manhattan College in 2009.

“Last summer I played ‘Long Shot’ on a white sheet nailed to the side of a hut in Africa,” Laue said. “The entire village was in tears. And they were laughing too. Totally moved by it. So if this film can inspire a village in Africa, I know it can show people in the U.S. that nothing is impossible if you put your heart and soul into it.”

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