Ignite Channel has set a July release date for the documentary “Twinsters,” the story of twins raised a world apart who discovered each other’s existence through YouTube and Facebook, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Twinsters,” which debuted at SXSW in March, will open at AMC Empire in New York on July 17, ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles on July 24, and 40 more U.S. cities on July 31. Directed by Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto, “Twinsters” won an SXSW Jury Award for editing and was a Grand Jury nominee.
In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, discovered a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles who had starred in “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Bordier reached out to Futerman via Facebook.
“Twinsters” was produced by Samantha Futerman, Kanoa Goo, Ryan Miyamoto, Jeff Consiglio, and Steve Brown (“Spark: A Burning Man Story”); and exec produced by Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”), Michael Scott Allen (“Hollows Grove”), Ignite Channel, Jason Morales, Lisa Arendarski, Robert Breech (“The Practice”), Larissa Nordyke, Jesse Yonover and VFR Films. “Twinsters” is a co-production of Ignite Channel and Small Package Film
“The remarkable story of Samantha and Anais makes the possibilities of our connected age truly personal,” said Ignite’s Steve Brown. “They discovered each other from a YouTube video, connected through Facebook, and first met face-to-face through Skype. As these women explore their own identity and the meaning of family, we can’t help but wonder what connection out there might change our own world.”
Facebook featured “Twinsters” as one of its 10 stories for the 10th anniversary of Facebook. Jenna Ushkowitz and Samantha Futerman have since partnered to form the Kindred Foundation for Adoption. Bordier and Futerman wrote “Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited,” which has been published by Penguin.
Ignite Channel, founded by Steve Brown, specializes in documentaries such as the current 50-city release of “Occupy The Farm.”