Showtime follows in Ziman’s ‘Footsteps’

Feature is part of filmmaker's activism

Showtime has snapped up the cable rights to the feature film “Footsteps,” produced and directed by tyro filmmaker Daphna Edwards Ziman.

To preem on Showtime in June, “Footsteps” is an extension of Ziman’s current work as chair of the United Nations advocacy project Children U.N., where she works alongside first lady Hillary Clinton for enhancement of children’s rights laws.

“It feels great that my first film will be seen, but feels even greater that it’s about something that the (entertainment) industry doesn’t seem to care about,” said Ziman, referring to its subject of at-risk youths. “It’s so important for Showtime to embrace it.” She noted that 73,000 children in Los Angeles are bounced from one foster home to another each year.

Thriller with conscience

Described as a thriller with a conscience, “Footsteps” follows stars Karina Lombard, Sandra Bernhard, Damian Chapa, Tippi Hedren and Kool Moe Dee fighting for better treatment of at-risk youth in the justice system.

Next up for Ziman is her directorial follow-up “East Side Story.” Recently, she penned the novel “Shades of Justice.” Ziman’s docu credits include producing and directing “On the Brink of Anarchy,” about gangs in East Los Angeles.

“Footsteps” is distributed domestically by Bruder Releasing in association with Edwards Entertainment, the Lewis Horwitz Organization and L.C. Prods.

Ziman is repped by Doug Warner at David, Shapira and Associates.

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