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Misty Copeland’s ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ Bought by Sundance Selects

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Nelson George’s “A Ballerina’s Tale,” centered on a critical part of dancer Misty Copeland’s career.

The documentary was produced by Leslie Norville and executive produced by Dorria L. Ball, Ingrid Graham and Copeland. The film made its world premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sundance Selects will release the film in theaters and on VOD on Oct. 14.

The film follows Copeland’s career from her lead performance in Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” through her painful injury and recovery that followed, to her return to the American Ballet Theater. The documentary also examines issues of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in ABT history on June 30. “George has crafted an inspiring documentary to befit the elegance, power and will of his subject,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

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